Thoughtful ideas are a hallmark of P. Korkki’s The
Search column in NYTimes. A year ago she wrote
about roles for experienced technical professionals
as adjunct faculty.
Checking the various job boards and accumulators
it is telling that many of these adjunct– short term,
modest compensation, challenging positions are
advertised. From my limited experience, this is only
the “tip of the iceberg.” (Hidden job market)
Both mid-career and mature chemists, scientists and
engineers can make their case and be given opportunities
to broaden their experience and refresh and update
their skills. Interestingly, this can lead in many
directions– professional societies 1 , joint entrepreneurial
ventures, distance learning, and helping others through
networking 2 3 .