An interesting observation is that many recent chemistry,
material science and engineering graduates speak about
wanting a management position early in their career.
“I seek a management position. I earned it with my
Ph.D.” [That’s were ‘the big bucks’ and security is….]
So, the next seminar I will present will be on being
a manager or a leader in a firm, some common pitfalls
and suggest some practical steps to get there.
The decision, of course, is up to them and their
As we have heard before, good managers and leaders
need good followers and benefit from some seasoning.
Good managers can be developed with nurturing.
Directing a technician or leading an undergraduate might
not be sufficient to present as “management experience.”
Technical professionals are now classed as “knowledge
workers” in many contexts since we are self-directed
and can formulate or conceive of different approaches
to invent, innovate or solve problems. The transition
we will go through is from knowledge worker to
manager-leader. As it is felt that the tasks of management
alone might not be sufficient in today’s organizations.
Recognizing the tasks are indeed even more challenging
No doubt mature workers and experienced managers
would be terrific mentors.
Internships and short term assignments where people
can grow in their roles are distinguishing.
Various military and voluntary roles in professional
affiliations provide background and interpersonal