As we endeavor to serve society through science, we must keep in mind that our science does not operate in a vacuum. We draw upon the computational sciences in generating forecasts and analyzing data. Meanwhile, we draw upon the social sciences in communicating our work and drafting sound policy. This breakout session focuses on the lessons we can learn and the skills we can develop at the interface between meteorology and these allied fields.Employers in forecasting, research, broadcasting and nearly all other careers under the AMS umbrella seek applicants who possess not only scientific expertise, but also proficiency with specialized software platforms and programming languages ("tools"). Sometimes the task of learning a new tool can seem daunting, and it’s hard to know where to begin. This session will help you get started through a series of short talks introducing some of the “tools” used in different AMS-related careers.