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09/02/09
Nontraditional reading. Forbes for Career Reinvention
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 6:41 am


Forbes magazine is not the first source
for many chemists.  If you are interested
in professional careers, like I am, let me
encourage you to read a segment on
“re-invention.” 
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Do you think employment trends will
improve in 2009?  If and when it improves
will job trends remain the same as
before?  We should all be asking this.

From other fields, it will not be over
and it will be different.  So it is
valuable to gather information and
strategies about how other fields
are handling it.

On the fourth page of the online
version of the WSJ article. Whelan
describes the business model
synthetic organic chemists who did
not want to move from their
established communities did in
forming Kalexsyn (Kalamazoo Experts
in Synthesis”).  Kalexsyn develops
chemicals well before a drug is ready
for clinical trials.

Still a work in progress in a
competitive and evolving field,
typical clients might hire one chemist
for a week or a month to synthesize
a quantity of compound.
2

Other career employment models
including temporary (Manpower) and
contracted services are also
described
in the publication.  So given the
current conditions and possible
future, it may be worth it to consider
other
career path models.

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