Career Pathway Workshops

ACS Career Pathways: Discover the career path that best matches your talents, goals, and personality with this new innovative program.

252nd ACS National Meeting and Exposition
August 21 - 25, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

Pathway Course Schedule:  TBA

Workshop Descriptions

Finding Your Pathway

Learn about the four main career pathways available to chemical professionals: Higher education, industry, government, and entrepreneurial careers and why each one may or may not be the right choice for you. This workshop is not only ideal for graduate students and recent grads, but also experienced professionals who are considering a career change. In addition to learning about which types of careers are available in each pathway, you'll also learn about the job market and hiring trends to help you make your choice. The workshop allows time for you to inventory your own values, interests, background, strengths and weaknesses so that you can select which career pathway you'd like to explore in detail.

Working in Higher Education

Discover the pros and cons of a career in academia. You'll learn about typical career pathways and job opportunities within the four main types of academic institutions. The panelists will help you understand what academic recruiters are looking for and how you can better position yourself for a faculty position. You'll also learn about the expectations that will be placed on you to bring in grants and other funding at the various types of academic institutions. Lastly, you'll explore what you can expect during your first year in academia and what you can do during that year to lay the foundation for success.

Working in Industry

Explore the many and varied career options in industry for chemical professionals. You'll not only learn about bench chemists, but also chemists who work in management, patent law, regulatory affairs, technology transfer, technical communications, and information science. You'll discover the best way to find jobs in industry, manage the recruitment process,  and negotiate a job offer. Panelists will share examples of good and bad resumes, helping you create your own winning resume for industry. Finally, this workshop offers some valuable tips for making your first year on the job in industry a great one.

Working in Government

Find out if a career in government is right for you. This workshop begins with an overview of a typical career path in government, including the advantages and disadvantages of working for the government. You'll learn about the different types of federal, state, and local government agencies as well as the types of jobs for chemists within these agencies. You'll also discover what governmental recruiters are looking for and how to position yourself to grab their attention. Panelists, will describe the often complex ins and outs of the government hiring process, helping you sail through the red tape.

Working for Yourself

Consider a career as an entrepreneur or consultant. You'll hear about all the advantages and disadvantages of being your own boss, helping you decide whether this is the right choice for you. Moreover, you'll learn about the many possible career options available to consultants and entrepreneurs as well as the critical factors that determine their success or failure. Panelists will set forth all the steps of defining your products, building your organization, and funding your venture. They'll also go through the day to day details of running your own business, including hiring and managing employees.

Acing the Interview

Walk into any interview with confidence. This module, the third phase of the ACS Career Pathways program, addresses the fundamentals of successful interviewing, explaining the key differences in interviewing for different types of hiring organizations. You'll learn how to address the 10 tough questions that often catch job seekers off guard. Moreover, you'll learn how to prepare your own questions to help you take charge of the interview. At the end of this module, you'll participate in two or three quick mock interviews. With the facilitator's feedback, you'll quickly incorporate what you've learned to ace your next interview and begin your new career.

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Career Pathway Workshops Schedule 
Workshop schedule at regional meetings - 2015 TBA

252nd ACS National Meeting
August 21 - 25, 2016
Register today for the National Meeting and sign up for workshops where you’ll learn about the job market and hiring trends in four main pathways – Higher Education, Industry, Government and Entrepreneurship.