Graduate school vs getting the right job

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Graduate school vs getting the right job

  1. 1. Graduate School vs. Getting a Job: The Perspective of a Young Professional S. Thomas King, MS ChE, MS BioE
  2. 2. About Me <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Wisconsin – Madison (1997-2001) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BS Chemical Engineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BS Molecular Biology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BS Biochemistry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Illinois at Chicago (2002-2007) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MS Bioengineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MS Chemical Engineering </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Certificate in Engineering Law and Management </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Pierce Biotechnology, Inc (1995-2000) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Intern, Summers and Winter Break </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pierce Biotechnology, Inc (2001-2002) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Associate, Between College and Grad School </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Resources Center (2002-2007) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Research Specialist </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Molecular Biology Consortium (2003-2005) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Research Assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UOP – Honeywell (2007-present) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development Engineer / Operations Technical Support Specialist </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>American Institute of Chemical Engineers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Section Officer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Section Publicity Co-Chair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-Founder of Local Section Young Professionals Advisory Board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Vice-Chair of Young Professionals Advisory Board </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What Path Should I take During College? <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rather than only a ChE Degree, try to exhibit something more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What will be attractive in the eye of an employer? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Double Major, minor, or certificate in something related to technology or business </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Definitely complete an internship or co-op during college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Try working at least two at different companies for internships </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The first 5 years after College: MS Track BS,ChE 5 years Employment 5 years Employment 3 years Grad School MS 2 years Grad School MS 2 years Employment 5years Grad School MS 2 years Employment 3 years BS and MS ChE 3yrs of Dated Experience BS ChE 5yrs of Current Experience BS and MS ChE 3yrs of Current Experience BS and MS ChE 5yrs of Current Experience
  7. 7. MS Track <ul><li>Working and Pursuing an MS has the benefit of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Showing employers that you are able to multitask </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition Reimbursement by Employer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning and Applying Skills Together </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The first 7 years after College: The PhD Track BS,ChE 5 years Employment 3 years Grad School PhD 5-7 years Grad School PhD 5-7 years BS and PhD ChE 3yrs of Dated Experience BS and PhD ChE No Experience
  9. 9. PhD Track <ul><li>PhD track is open ended, there is no definite time of completion and no set requirements </li></ul><ul><li>PhD is almost necessary for academic careers </li></ul><ul><li>Industry will view a PhD as overqualified for many positions </li></ul><ul><li>Individual achievement, little team work involved </li></ul>
  10. 10. MBA: Is it worth it? <ul><li>Someone with an MBA is worth about 5 more years of work experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Crain’s Chicago Buisness Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employers put more value into a persons MBA if they have worked for 2-5years before enrolling </li></ul><ul><li>Best to determine how the tools you will obtain through an MBA will help you advance your career </li></ul>
  11. 11. Other areas to help build upon <ul><li>FE/PE Certification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain FE certification before you graduate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Although not required for ChE’s, it is good to get the FE exam out of the way prior to working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The knowledge is fresh in your mind now. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Six Sigma Green Belt </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics Tool used in Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should obtain during employment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PMP Certification is an avenue you can pursue if you desire a career in project management </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Summary <ul><li>Multi-faceted, focused, energetic, team-oriented, quantitative, and well educated people will make great engineers </li></ul><ul><li>When it comes to career paths, there is no right answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desires and Resources </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>To laugh often and much; </li></ul><ul><li>to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; </li></ul><ul><li>to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; </li></ul><ul><li>to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; </li></ul><ul><li>to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; </li></ul><ul><li>to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. </li></ul><ul><li>This is to have succeeded. </li></ul><ul><li>-- Ralph Waldo Emerson </li></ul>

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