|Posted by Michael Santiago on February 3, 2014 at 1:30 AM|
In 2013 Louisiana Section organized several programs, all with the purpose of helping our members and students with job search and career development. These are shown below.
1. Job Seeking and Career Development Talks
The local section YCC organized a seminar in March on “Jobs and Career Development” given by H. N. Cheng, in concert with the membership drive. More than 45 young chemists, students and young faculty attended the seminar and enjoyed the networking with several senior professors as well. In October, the local section YCC organized a live webinar on “Putting your Best Foot Forward: Managing your Paper and Online Resumes" by David Harwell, Director of ACS Careers. More than 30 people attended the webinar.
2. Different Career Paths
The Section invited three speakers in their monthly meetings in 2013 to illustrate different career options available. The January speaker (Suzanne Lomax) is a chemist at National Gallery of Art, and she talked about “The Application of Chemistry to the Examination of Works of Art.” It illustrated beautifully the alternative career approach – the use of chemistry in a non-academic, non-industrial job environment.
The March talk by Troy Clark, CEO and founder of Golden Leaf Energy was truly inspiring. He is an entrepreneur and has built a business from scratch. He told the story of how he became an entrepreneur and how he overcame difficulties. He has a successful business now in Louisiana converting waste edible oil into biofuels. His company now operates a 2.2 million gallon, multi-feed stock facility in Southeast Louisiana.
The November talks by speakers from Elevance provided the audience with good information on an industrial career. They showed how a Nobel-Prize winning work (metathesis) could be customized to produce a large number of commercial products. They also showed the challenges of commercialization, e.g., plant start-up problems, quality control, regulatory restrictions, and production schedules. They also provided some pointers on how to be successful in an industrial career.
3. Database on Local Employers
As shown below, the local section YCC is starting to compile a list of local chemical businesses and their contact information. This work is ongoing, but thus far information on over 70 companies has been collected. We have put up a preliminary list on the web in December.
In all our section’s events and activities, we encouraged our members and students to network. In today’s job climate, it’s useful to network, to know people, and to find out different job and research opportunities available.