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03/28/15
Career Path Considerations.
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Technicians, Observ. Trends, Undergraduate majors, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 8:52 am

The situation facing many soon-to-be science and engineering
graduates, doctorates and post-doctorates can seem daunting.
What job directions or career path should I consider and figure
out how to choose?

At a recent post-doc seminar with three dozen attendees one
half chose, at first, academic and industrial career paths.  Many
of those had little clue about what they would value doing.

The other half did not have a firm idea and did not know where
to begin.  As Al Sklover points out:  “good counsel requires
personal knowledge”– strengths, hard and soft skills, what
motivates you, your values and ‘likes and dislikes.’   So, a
personal self assessment might start your screening process.

Then, a couple of useful processes before interviewing in your
checklist might be information interviewing positions and
organizations, networking interviews (using your elevator
pitch to market your interests and skills) and mock interviews.
This will fill your checklist with several actions and tools.

A helpful figure is presented in Vision 2025 (Marinda Wu)
offering where our technical skills can be applied.  With
slight variations this view can be applied across the board to
STEM fields– For chemical enterprises (substitute bio,
physics, geology, computer, biomed, etc.):
1)Chem focused jobs, 2)Chem-based services and regulatory,
3)Science & Engineering management, legal and policy,
4)Science & Engineering inspired government & business.

Consider using other resources in your search as you gather
relevant information and trends in a “Levy flight search
which recognizes the importance of the “long tail“.
Besides the CHEMISTRY JOBS section of the Yellow Bar
Consider:
Beansprock
ELN SLAS
Venture Philanthropy  2    3 

Consider not too tightly restricting your search in the
early phases.
 

4 Responses to “Career Path Considerations.”

  1. site admin Says:


    What is happening in the academic career path for many fields: James Sterling article worth reading.
  2. site admin Says:


    Other directions for people with advanced degrees.
  3. site admin Says:


    With Federal funding to NIH being questioned in biomedical fields,
    non-profit charities are acting as venture capital opportunities
    reports Fortune.

    Both working for nonprofits and the firms supported by them are
    potential areas for employment.
  4. site admin Says:


    https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nonprofits-massachusetts-biopharma-landscape-joanne-kamens-phd

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