The panel consisted of Dr. Valerie Petit Wilson
(Brown), Dr. Wilton Virgo (Wellesley), Dr.
Dorothy Phillips (Waters), Dr. John McKew
(Wyeth) and Dr. Rebecca Carrier (Northeastern).
Concluding statements contained the following
- embrace the world as the stage where
you play a role, collaborate and contribute
(global reach of chemistry)
- careers will not have their scripts written
for them, they will be different from the past
(mobility of chemists to contribute in different
- successful careers will involve reinventing
yourselves. You have a choice to be forced
to change or want to change into new areas
(chemistry careers will be more “organic”)
- some times to move forward will require
you to move sideways.
(marketability for chemists will require
development and experience in relevant skill
- do not fear to try new things, explore different
paths (chemists should be empowered to
find new areas to apply themselves)
Reality came out in the responses from last Friday’s
panelists in response to the question from an audience
Question: My spouse and I will be looking for
positions at the same time. What thoughts and
recommendations do you have?
Responses (without attribution):
- there are still a number of couples who need to
reside and work in different locations.
- develop multiple options short term and mid-term
for yourselves to consider and weigh the pros and
- explore how other couples have pursued their
- some universities try to make it possible to hire
both, if compelling cases can be made for each person
- it is possibly easier to have both persons employed
in larger employment centers (cities, regions) where
there are more positions and institutions.
- it might be easier if both persons sought positions
in different sectors or industries
- it might be too much stress to have both persons
working in the same department for the same
boss.(do not work in same department)
- it is common that assistance is provided for the
spouse of someone who has been recently hired.