ACS Career Pathways™ Workshops are expertly designed to provide career guidance for up-and-coming and professional chemical scientists as they navigate their futures. Workshops are offered twice a year in conjunction with ACS National Meetings. Learn about the job market and hiring trends.
Workshop Descriptions by Career Pathways
FINDING YOUR PATHWAY
Finding Yourself: Identifying a Career that Matches your Strengths and Values
Finding Yourself: Identifying a Career that Matches Your Strengths and Values allows you to self-assess your career values and strengths. Participants will also learn how the four sectors of chemistry employment compare and contrast. This course will also help you determine which sector best aligns to your values and strengths and plan your next steps to obtaining an ideal position.
Networking: How to Get Started
Will help participants utilize networking to enhance their job search. Participants will also learn which types of questions to create a natural flow in a networking conversation. The course will also help you create a networking plan to locate and obtain your ideal job in the federal government.
WORKING IN GOVERNMENT
Opportunities for Chemists in the Federal Government
An overview of the demographics of employment for the federal government. Participants will also learn about the General Schedule (GS) as well as the three types of positions in the federal government. The course will also determine federal coding for chemists and chemical engineers as well provide data about employment by geography, discipline, department, and agency to help participants match job opportunities with their experience, strengths, and values.
How to Find and Apply for a Chemistry Position in the Federal Government
Provides participants with sources to locate chemistry positions in the federal government. Participants will also learn how to break down a federal job announcement. The course will also prepare participants for an application for a position in the federal govnerment, including automated features, resume components, essays, and questionnaires.
WORKING IN INDUSTRY
Careers in Industrial Chemistry: Identifying Your Role in the Industrial Value Chain
Offers an overview of the job market and job types for industrial chemistry. Participants will also learn how the industrial value chain can be used as a tool to help refine your job search in alignment with your strengths and values. The course will also help uncover key components of job descriptions and participants will learn how to break down job descriptions to best match job opportunities with their experience, strengths, and values.
Résumé Development: Marketing Your Brand for an Industrial Chemistry Position
An overview of the content of a robust résumé for an industrial chemistry position. Participants will also determine best practices in terms of résumé content and formatting through analysis of résumé exemplars. The course will also elaborate on the components of résumé portfolio, including example cover letter and research summary. Additionally, participants will learn about the strategic use of job search engines and networking strategies to get their résumés in the proper hands for the industrial chemistry position of their dreams.
WORKING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The Higher-Education Landscape
Discover the pros and cons of a career in academia. Learn about trends in higher education, the types of higher-education institutions, and the types of positions available.
Learn how to find and assess a potential higher-education position and create an application portfolio to make yourself more competitive.
WORKING FOR YOURSELF
Your Idea, Your Business, Your Marketing Plan
This workshop will help you determine if self-employment is for you. The workshop will provide you with the tools to create the initial parts of a preliminary business plan—defining the business, defining the market, and defining the organization.
Your Sales, Marketing, and Financial Plan
The workshop will provide you the tools to develop the final parts of a preliminary business plan—defining the marketing and sales strategy and defining the financing.
ACING THE INTERVIEW
Setting Yourself Up for Success in an Interview
Breaks down the interview process into navigable stages. Participants will also learn how to identify critical performance factors from job announcement media. The course will also help interviewees to develop a plan to relate their experience and values to the job requirements and organization values of their potential employers.
Making the Most of Your Interview: Outshining the Competition
Offers strategies and techniques to develop an extremely effective interview. Participants will also learn how to anticipate questions; develop thoughtful, robust responses; and, handle difficult questions. The course will not only provide critical practive interview scenarios, but will also help participants leave a lasting impression with hiring staff to secure the position well-aligned to their strengths and vlaues.
New Technologies to Find Jobs and Manage Your Career
We all know the Internet and information technology have changed the way we do business. But how have they changed the way we find business, jobs, or even completely new careers? New technological tools such as blogs, social networking sites, wikis, telephone and video conferencing provide a wealth of information - both for you and about you. This presentation will focus on tools and techniques of particular use to chemical professionals, and how they can be used for both active and passive career development.
Foreign National Scientist Obtaning a Job in the US
In today’s global environment, it is becoming more and more common to seek employment in other countries. This session is designed for international chemical professionals seeking a career in the US, whether in academia, industry, or government. The session will discuss the legal/ immigration issues that foreign-national scientists must be aware of and some of the practical aspects international applicants who wish to work in the US must consider. A panel including an immigration attorney as well as representatives from industry and a university international student office will discuss contemporary issues and answer questions from the audience members.
Writing Excellent Proposals
Whether in academia or industry, proposals are essential to securing grants, gaining approval for projects and obtaining support for new initiatives. Yet, what makes a good proposal eludes many people. This workshop will help you write proposals that stand-out and gain the attention of the decision makers and/or committee members.