Catalyzing Career Networking (C2N)
What is C2N?
The ACS Catalyzing Career Networking (C2N) pilot program connects job seekers with potential employers from academia and industry, and encourages career networking at ACS National Meetings.
C2N job seekers are senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in the chemical sciences who want to connect with potential employers from academia or industry during poster and/or oral presentation sessions. Potential employers are individuals that are knowledgeable about existing employment opportunities (postdoctoral or faculty level positions in academia, or BS, MS, and PhD level industry positions) anywhere in the world and/or are willing to share their knowledge and experience to help C2N job seekers during a networking conversation.
Job seekers will identify themselves by placing a goal indicator ribbon on their poster or at the beginning of their research presentation slides. “Seeking Postdoc Position” indicates that the C2N job seeker is interested in exploring postdoctoral opportunities; “Seeking Faculty Position” indicates interest in a faculty or research group leader position; “Seeking Industry Position” indicates interest in an industry position.
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Ribbon Pick-up Times and Locations
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)
ACS Information Desk (West C Lobby)
March 30 – April 2, 10am – 5pm
Career Fair Registration Desk
Attendee Registration Area
March 29 – 30, 10am – 5pm
Career Fair Registration Desk
April 1 – 2, 10am – 5pm
April 1, 7pm-10pm
The job seeker’s ACS National Meeting badge must be scanned in order to receive a goal indicator ribbon and instructions. Goal indicator ribbons can be attached to the name badge or to the top right corner of a poster.
Electronic job seeker ribbons can be included on the first slide of the research presentation slide deck or in the top right corner of a poster before printing.
Career related discussions should be informal (discussions are not interviews). If job seekers would like to have an in-depth discussion, they can provide their contact information to potential employers and ask for additional conversations during or after the ACS meeting.
Note: To maximize the impact of networking conversations, job seekers are encouraged to bring their business cards as well as to be prepared to deliver their career elevator pitch.
Potential employers will be able to identify job seekers during scientific poster and oral presentation sessions. Career related discussions should be informal (the discussions are not meant to be interviews). If potential employers would like to have an in-depth discussion, they can request contact information from the job seeker and schedule additional conversations during or after the ACS meeting.
If employers would like to be identified during the National Meeting, they may do so by picking up the appropriate ribbon in the designated pick-up spots.
The ACS National Meeting badge must be scanned in order to receive the ribbon. “Hiring Postdoc” indicates that potential academic employer is knowledgeable of postdoctoral opportunities at his/her institution. “Hiring Faculty” indicates knowledge of current faculty opportunities for faculty or research group leader positions at their institution. “Industry Employer” indicates knowledge of current industry job opportunities for professionals with undergraduate or graduate degrees.