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11/14/11
Undergraduate Chemistry Majors. Careers in the future
Filed under: Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 2:10 pm

Looking eight to fifteen years from now is a
big leap and things are hard to predict.

A colleague asked me to visit a class of freshmen
chemistry majors and share ideas that can help them
determine what they might do now to prepare for
their futures.

The bottom line:  careers in the future
are shifting in longenvity and fields of formal training.
Yet, it is VERY GOOD for skilled and educated
individuals who are involved in “interactional”
class of work.

McKinsey Global Institute Classification of Jobs  1 
The “interactional” class of work involves  knowledge
workers and those with unique, skills calling for the
collaboration with others.
This class differs from “transformation” and “transactional”
which can be moved, or transformed by a machine, or
computerized, or  automated.
Several features distinguish the interactional from
the transactional as pointed out by Davenport.  Briefly,

Interactional:
  reliant on :  deep expertise across functions
  dependent on:  fluid deployment of functional teams
  judgment oriented
  continually updated and refreshed participants

Transactional:
  reliant on:  formal processes and standards for
routine requests
  dependent on:  integration between boundaries by
low discretionary workforce made of replaceable
participants.

TRENDS
The fastest and greatest magnitude trends in
work are:
 - temporary workers now exceed 20% of workforce
 - shorter term of employment for individual workers
with specific employers
 - benefits plans of employers are less;  each individual
needs to look out more from themselves.

PILLARS (for successful careers)
-Language and communication skills
-Undergraduate research, internships, and co-op
programs for “outside the box” challenges
-Field studies:  to network and develop mentors
-Extra-curricular involvement:  to develop
and demonstrate leadership, people skills and project
management.

RESOURCES
ACS : http://undergrad.acs.org/
See comments for “soft skills” and “wise skills” that
successful careers demand.

2 Responses to “Undergraduate Chemistry Majors. Careers in the future”

  1. site admin Says:


    Soft skills demanded for successful careers:

      attitude
      integrity
      initiative
      influence
      empathy
      likeability
      adaptability
      risk taking
      self control
      confidence
      critical thinking
      self awareness
      trustworthiness
      problem solving
      conscientiousness
  2. site admin Says:


    Wise skills that differentiate people who will be
    successful and significant:

      goal setting
      time management
      mentors, sponsors
      reverse mentoring
      “committed” networking
      be allies for one another
      face to face communication
      knowing importance of disconnecting, taking a vacation, and re-energizing

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