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10/02/10
Mid-career and Mature Chemists. Financing innovations
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 7:55 pm

There are limitations and invisable barriers when
we, who are in our 50s or beyond, seek positions.
It could be salary expectations, it could be areas of
experience or expertise, or other barriers.

Let’s not talk about the barriers, let’s talk about the
opportunities.  Seriously.

Eric Hintz authored “Creative Financing” chronicling
strategies to spur targeted innovation. Hintz  offers
that prize winning contests are an historical approach
for innovation.  Contests to award
innovation go back at least 300 years
and have been successful in developing
many great innovations, like longitude
(J. Harrison), vacuum packing (N. Appert)
food, and trans-Atlantic flight (Lindbergh).

If there is any place where experience and
creativity find common ground it is with
experienced scientists.  While searching for
career continuation, it might not be a bad idea
to develop or further your own ideas seeking
a prize.
McKinsey and Co. can be a source of  prizes.

2 Responses to “Mid-career and Mature Chemists. Financing innovations”

  1. site admin Says:


    “I never tried to let my current situation
    discourage me or inhibit me from any
    possible opportunities. Wayne Gretzky
    once said, “You miss 100% of the shots
    you don’t take.” Who could disagree
    with that?”
    from William Blazejeski, WSJ, 9-27-10
  2. site admin Says:


    Another related discussion was authored by
    Sarah Needleman  1  indicating that “some
    larger manufacturers including Clorox, Kraft
    Foods, General Mills, Staples, P&G and Glaxo
    have …websites… seeking product ideas….”

    Precautions about working with companies like
    this are not mentioned.

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