Successful Transitions: Strategies for Adapting to Work After Grad School

ACS Webinars

Transitioning to a new position can be exciting and a bit daunting, especially if this is your first or second role after completing your degree, but with a solid framework in place, you can grow into your new job gracefully!

Join a panel of professionals who are early in their career journey as they help you make a smooth transition from the academic to the working world with advice, stories, and strategies born from their recent experiences. Melanie A. Hutnick, Associate Director of Advanced Materials at The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., Jennifer Schmitt, Senior Scientist at Sutro Biopharma, Patrick W. Fedick, Research Chemist, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, James Eujin Park, R&D Systems Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, and Katie Johnson, R&D Associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory engage in a lively and entertaining roundtable discussion that will broaden your perspective on how to start a new job, whether it is your first role out of graduate school or you are making your first big move on your career journey!

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Marisa Sanders, Registered Patent Agent and J.D. Candidate at Seton Hall University School of Law and Ashley Blystone, Research Specialist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is co-produced with the ACS Younger Chemists Committee and the ACS Committee on Ethics.

What You Will Learn

  • How to adjust to new roles within your job
  • How to achieve a work-life balance and set realistic boundaries
  • Time management tips and how to manage deadlines


What an attendee said about this ACS Webinar!

This webinar featured very relevant speakers and the questions that were asked by the moderators were great. The panel of speakers were able to share their varied experiences, which I found insightful, especially with this being my first job post graduate school. 

Meet the Experts

Melanie A. Hutnick
Associate Director of Advanced Materials, The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.

Jennifer Schmitt
Senior Scientist, Sutro Biopharma

Patrick W. Fedick
Research Chemist, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division

James Eujin Park
R&D Systems Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories

Katie Johnson
R&D Associate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marisa Sanders
Registered Patent Agent and J.D. Candidate, Seton Hall University School of Law

Ashley Blystone
Research Specialist, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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