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11/30/12
Recent Statistics. Where Chemistry PhDs Find Employment
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Post-docs
Posted by: site admin @ 9:25 am

My colleague and collaborator, Joseph Jolson, presented
a YCC seminar ‘Issues of Importance to PhDs entering
the workforce’ in Pittsburgh. Using data he obtained from the ACS
he declared that establishing, learning and practicing
professional skills are essential
.  “Hard skills” (technical know-how)
are not enough to be offered a position.

He revealed where PhDs with 2 or less years experience are in
their careers:
Permanent positions                33%
Temporary positions                  5

Post-doctoral positions            47    31  Academic
                                                               9  Government
                                                               7  Industrial
Not employed, seeking               9
Remainder are part-time or not seeking.

As Reid Hoffman says, you are the CEO of ‘Me, Inc.’ and
responsible for the direction and accomplishments in
what you do.  It is imperative to look for ways to information
interview
, have networking conversations, learn how to
meet people and help them reach their goals using wise
skills
.

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