Chemistry is a field that depends on a robust
economy. Our roles and careers are connected
in so many ways with what is happening globally.
Raw materials, food science, manufacturing
transformed materials, and many of the
substances of what engineers, medical doctors
and patent agents do.
What’s the point? In the past I cannot recall
having so many people contact me for help
concentrated in so many chemistry related fields.
The issue is that the economy is not likely to return in
ways that resemble the 1990s or earlier times.
Henry Blodgett’s “here is why” column tells a
convincing story that with so many people unemployed
for too long, many of their jobs having been off-shored
or will be off-shored because it is more cost effective
We all need to look for different kinds of jobs and
careers, in different ways, in different locations. We
have to anticipate where things are going and get in early.
So many people I see are waiting until they are “let go”
and then “the long hard slog” of finding openings where
there are few begins. So many are fooled into thinking
that they can help government define new roles, that they
in fact qualify for and they find the jobs move to other
qualified people. Government groups are taking advantage
of people fully realizing their motivation and not rewarding
a job well done.
This is a situation labor dealt with by forming unions
eighty years ago. It is not likely to be effective now for
chemists, but we could try.
We could try going it alone, but that only works for a few,
and each of us wishes that were us.
What we need to do is network and help each other.
We need to do it at all levels. So, if you are in a chemistry
related field and looking for work or looking to improve your
position, let me know. Let’s be proactive in communicating
among each other and helping one another. The more time
we waste the worse it will become.