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Chemistry and then what?

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Studied or thinking about studying chemistry and wondering where it might lead you? This presentation discusses some options you may not have thought of. Additionally, it looks at transferrable skills

Studied or thinking about studying chemistry and wondering where it might lead you? This presentation discusses some options you may not have thought of. Additionally, it looks at transferrable skills

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  • Why do people choose chemistry? – why did you (interaction)
  • These are some of the things we have been told through surveys In groups of 5: List as many jobs as possible that are directly linked to chemistry e.g. analytical chemist How did you find making that list? How many jobs did your group think of? Were any jobs featured that you hadn’t considered before?
  • In groups of 5: List as many jobs as possible that are related to chemistry in someway for the following topics: Culture Government Law Science writing The RSC Feedback: Numbers of jobs collected for each topic? How did you find it?
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    • 1. Chemistry, and then what…
    • 2. Enjoyment Job prospects Challenge Rewarding Interesting Good degree Best results Make a difference Research Job requirement
    • 3. Jobs directly related to chemistry
      • Analytical chemist
      • Biomedical scientist
      • Food technologist
      • Forensic scientist
      • Materials engineer
      • Medical physicist
      • Quality assurance manager
      • Product development scientist
      • Toxicologist
      • Health & Safety adviser
      • Molecular modelling
      • Clinical work
        • Research – tissue typing
      • Geoscientist
      • Marine scientist
      • Soil scientist
      • Water quality scientist
      • PhD/Postdoctoral research/lecturing
      • Crystallographer
      • Research scientist
        • Pharmaceuticals
        • Fine chemicals
        • Fragrance / Flavours
        • Polymers
    • 4. Destinations of RSC Members
      • Scientist – development, technical, analytical, production, technologist, protein peptide technician, compound technologist, research scientist
      • GSK, Novartis, Exova, BASi, Sygnature, Vectura, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Merck, CRUK, Coram Healthcare, Covance, Ablynx
    • 5. Destinations of RSC Members
      • Other positions:
      • General Manager
      • Computer Forensics Examiner
      • Process Engineer
      • Consultant
      • Combination Alliance Co-ordinator
      • Project Leader
      • Lecturer
      • Recruitment Consultant
      • Clinical Research Associate
      • IP Lawyer
      • Marketing Director
      • and many more…!
    • 6.
      • Culture
      • Museum/gallery curator
      • Restorer
      • Educational work (Natural history museum, science museums)
      • TV – scientific documentaries
      • Science Writing
      • Publishing
        • Books / journals
      • Press writing – pharmaceuticals etc
      • PR
      • Newspapers – scientific columns
      • New Scientist / Chemistry World
      • Professional bodies publications - RSC News
      Some examples we came up with…
    • 7.
      • Government
      • MP – parliamentary & scientific affairs committee [POST]
      • Pesticides safety directorate
      • Central Science Lab
      • Veterinary medicines directorate
      • Centre for environment, fisheries & agriculture science
      • DTI
      • Research councils
      • Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)
      • Law
      • Intellectual property solicitors
      • Patents – both in companies, UK & Europe Patent Office
      • Forensics
      • Expert witnesses
      • Parliamentary office for science and technology (POST) – advising for legislation
      Some examples we came up with…
    • 8. Some examples we came up with…
      • The RSC
      • Science policy, awards & funding
      • Education – higher education policy, supporting students (UG & PG), schools and colleges (curriculum issues/promoting chemistry as a career)
      • Campaigns
      • Press office
      • Promotion – local events, RSC News, Chemistry World
      • Sales – membership, journals, books
      • Network management
      • LIC – information specialists
      • Careers service
    • 9. Other chemistry related alternatives
      • Work in the HE sector – PhD can be an advantage
        • Management, research bid support, technical support
      • Sales / Marketing – technical sales, scientific equipment, specialist/bulk chemicals, pharmaceutical products
    • 10. Transferrable Skills
      • Commitment & drive
      • Motivation & enthusiasm
      • Team working
      • Oral communication
      • Flexibility & adaptability
      • Customer focus
      • Problem solving
      • Managing learning & career
      • Commercial awareness
      • 10. Planning & organisation
      • 11. Time management
      • 12. Leadership
      • 13. Numeracy
      • 14. Cultural sensitivity
      • 15. Computer literacy
      • 16. Project management
      • Report writing
      • Risk taking/enterprise
    • 11. Analytical chemist job advert
      • You will be involved in the development of nanomaterial based coatings
      • and the characterization of them using various analytical techniques such
      • as;
      • XRD
      • SEM/TEM
      • UV-Vis spectroscopy
      • FT-IR
      • laser analysis
      • Written research reports, document findings and the routine handling of
      • chemicals safely within health and safety regulations will be expected
      • when fulfilling the role of an analytical chemist.
      • Ideal candidates should be BSc/ MSc (or equivalent) qualified in
      • chemistry/ polymer chemistry or related field.
    • 12. Analytical chemist job advert
      • You will be involved in the development of nanomaterial based coatings
      • and the characterization of them using various analytical techniques such
      • as;
      • XRD
      • SEM/TEM
      • UV-Vis spectroscopy
      • FT-IR
      • laser analysis
      • Written research reports , document findings and the routine handling of
      • chemicals safely within health and safety regulations will be expected
      • when fulfilling the role of an analytical chemist.
      • Ideal candidates should be BSc/ MSc (or equivalent) qualified in
      • chemistry/ polymer chemistry or related field.
    • 13. Your turn…
      • Look at the job adverts on the next slides
      • In pairs, highlight the following:
        • What 3 key skills are the company looking for?
        • Give an example of how you might demonstrate this if you were applying for this position now
        • Give an example of something you could do now to further develop this skill
    • 14. Senior Researcher
      • Our client is currently recruiting for a Senior Researcher to lead a research group specialising in identifying new particle engineering and formulation technologies to enhance their existing portfolio of inhalation products. A senior role within the group you will lead collaborations with academic institutions, external research companies and contribute to raising the external profile of the organisation by publishing and presenting at conferences. This is a unique role offering the successful candidate the opportunity to really make their mark in this specialist field. Educated to PhD or equivalent through relevant experience, the successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills combined with a proven ability to network both internally and externally. The post holder will have experience of leading and motivating a team of research specialists and operating within a multi-disciplinary team. Experience in a research environment and writing of scientific papers is essential.
    • 15. Senior Researcher
      • Our client is currently recruiting for a Senior Researcher to lead a research group specialising in identifying new particle engineering and formulation technologies to enhance their existing portfolio of inhalation products. A senior role within the group you will lead collaborations with academic institutions, external research companies and contribute to raising the external profile of the organisation by publishing and presenting at conferences. This is a unique role offering the successful candidate the opportunity to really make their mark in this specialist field. Educated to PhD or equivalent through relevant experience, the successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills combined with a proven ability to network both internally and externally . The post holder will have experience of leading and motivating a team of research specialists and operating within a multi-disciplinary team. Experience in a research environment and writing of scientific papers is essential.
    • 16. Project Manager
      • The Project Manager is responsible for directing and managing services for client projects and motivating team members to assure high quality, on-time, on-budget services while promoting excellent customer service.
      • Qualifications And Skills Needed :
      • Bachelor Degree and/or proven demonstrated Project Management skills or experience within the industry
      • Minimum of two years experience in pharmaceutical field (or related industry experience), with an emphasis on project management
      • Experience with computers
      • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical drug development process
      • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
    • 17. Project Manager
      • The Project Manager is responsible for directing and managing services for client projects and motivating team members to assure high quality, on-time, on-budget services while promoting excellent customer service.
      • Qualifications And Skills Needed :
      • Bachelor Degree and/or proven demonstrated Project Management skills or experience within the industry
      • Minimum of two years experience in pharmaceutical field (or related industry experience), with an emphasis on project management
      • Experience with computers
      • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical drug development process
      • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
    • 18. NPD Innovation Manager – OTC & Medical Devices
      • The successful candidate will operate as a technical expert in their field proactively seeking,
      • reviewing and creating innovative products that complement the company’s brand strategy
      • and reflect consumer insight. You will work alongside the Group Marketing team to ensure
      • new products and their technical solutions are identified and create in a timely and cost
      • effective manner.
      • Knowledge and Skills required
      • Possess a Life / Pharmaceutical science degree or equivalent.
      • Possess a post-graduate qualification in relevant subject and demonstrate working experience of operating in New Product Development.
      • Demonstrate experience of working within a similar innovation role and possess a track record of bringing new products to market from concept through to full-scale development.
      • Demonstrate experience of working with international regulatory bodies, for example FDA, TGA, EU markets and Japan. Demonstrate working knowledge and understanding of the legislative environment including clinical and regulatory affairs.
      • Demonstrate ability to successfully establish external relationships and use these to identify and review new innovative products.
      • Demonstrate a broad commercial awareness and the key influencing aspects of bringing a new product to market.
      • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. Ability to create successful relationships cross-functionally, working alongside Marketing, Regulatory, Procurement and Supply teams.
    • 19. NPD Innovation Manager – OTC & Medical Devices
      • The successful candidate will operate as a technical expert in their field proactively seeking,
      • reviewing and creating innovative products that complement the company’s brand strategy
      • and reflect consumer insight. You will work alongside the Group Marketing team to ensure
      • new products and their technical solutions are identified and create in a timely and cost
      • effective manner.
      • Knowledge and Skills required
      • Possess a Life / Pharmaceutical science degree or equivalent.
      • Possess a post-graduate qualification in relevant subject and demonstrate working experience of operating in New Product Development.
      • Demonstrate experience of working within a similar innovation role and possess a track record of bringing new products to market from concept through to full-scale development.
      • Demonstrate experience of working with international regulatory bodies. Demonstrate working knowledge and understanding of the legislative environment including clinical and regulatory affairs.
      • Demonstrate ability to successfully establish external relationships and use these to identify and review new innovative products.
      • Demonstrate a broad commercial awareness and the key influencing aspects of bringing a new product to market.
      • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. Ability to create successful relationships cross-functionally , working alongside Marketing, Regulatory, Procurement and Supply teams.
    • 20. Interested in a career in scientific publishing? ... we are offering one position of a One-Year Editorial Internship Applicants should be self-motivated, innovative, and have the desire to contribute to the further development of a range of our product line. For our books department we are looking for a candidate with an academic background in the area of chemistry. As the work involves close ties to authors and scientific editors from all over the world, applicants should have an excellent command of the English language. Furthermore organizational skills, diplomacy, and flexibility are needed. Accuracy and a keen eye for detail are also essential as well as the ability to work under pressure and to handle high workloads whilst maintaining best standards. Previous publishing experience is not required but you should have good interpersonal and communication skills, good scientific judgement, and a strong commitment to the communication of science. The position is based in our headquarters in Weinheim, Germany. We offer competitive financial and career rewards, training and career development.
    • 21. Applicants should be self-motivated , innovative , and have the desire to contribute to the further development of a range of our product line. For our books department we are looking for a candidate with an academic background in the area of chemistry . As the work involves close ties to authors and scientific editors from all over the world, applicants should have an excellent command of the English language. Furthermore organizational skills , diplomacy, and flexibility are needed. Accuracy and a keen eye for detail are also essential as well as the ability to work under pressure and to handle high workloads whilst maintaining best standards . Previous publishing experience is not required but you should have good interpersonal and communication skills , good scientific judgement , and a strong commitment to the communication of science. The position is based in our headquarters in Weinheim, Germany. We offer competitive financial and career rewards, training and career development.
    • 22. How the RSC can help
    • 23. Careers Service
      • Advice and guidance support exclusive to RSC members Careers support is available to members at any stage of their career whatever their profession, so if you are considering your next career move, job seeking or thinking about a change of direction, the Careers Service is here to help. You can find information on the careers web pages on:
        • How and where to look for jobs
        • Making applications, including advice on writing CVs
        • Interviews and assessment centres
      • If you would like to discuss your situation with a careers adviser then get in touch via the Careers Advice Group. All discussions are confidential and free of charge.
      • [email_address] or have a look on http://my.rsc.org