I was so pleased that in each of the last two weeks to
be able to meet with undergraduates at Niagara University
and UCONN and share with them some observations
about employment trends.
There are two headline areas that were shared. The
first headline is that careers have morphed into something
less predicable, more varied and much more dependent on
technical or hard skills, soft skills and wise skills.
Along with this morphing is a media domination of our
attention that Douglass Rushkoff has written about freeing
ourselves from the tornado of effects that the loss of
personal narratives, change of the perspective of time and
multitasking to ground ourselves in a purposeful, nurturing
world. [Suggestion: Do a personal self assessment and pursue
mentors to establish goals and create a narrative.]
The second headline is the Chemistry Jobs– Simplified
View paradigm of four concentric circles, where the to
the center is the more focused on the disciplines of
chemistry, engineering, materials isolation, fabrication and
The second circle from the center is Chemistry based jobs
and includes extraction, manufacturing, regulatory, sales,
technical services, quality control and design.
The third circle from the center involves science-related
jobs, including biology, geology, physics, medicine, toxicology
astronomy, space science and the like. Also, policy,
journalism, business and research and grant management,
association and organizational advocacy.
Finally, the fourth concentric circle is science inspired jobs
which include venture capital, economics, futurist and movies
[from the VISION 2025 ACS Presidential Task Force of
Dr. Marinda Wu, p. 18]
There are untold numbers of ways chemistry skills and background
can and do provide jobs and future careers. To help them develop
we encouraged gaining experience via
internships [undergraduate research fits here, as well],
purposefully develop co-curricular skills,
know the importance of referrals and committed networking,
have a professional internet presence and
be willing to work your way up.
We are seriously living in a time of abundance. Wise futurists
provide many diverse possibilities, including Diamondis,
Anastas and Vaitheeswaran.