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Coping with redundancy


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If you have been or are about to be made redundant this presentation briefly covers the emotional journey you may go through, how to plan your career and how to search and apply for jobs

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Coping with redundancy

  1. 1. Coping with Redundancy Career planning & job seeking
  2. 2. Stability Immobilisation Denial Anger Depression Acceptance
  3. 3. So what alternative careers are available?
  4. 4. Chemical science-related jobs <ul><li>R&D positions, clinical research, quality positions, </li></ul><ul><li>patent agents, sales, customer liaison, science </li></ul><ul><li>communication (from journalism to journals & </li></ul><ul><li>scientific policy), teaching… </li></ul><ul><li>Think laterally – all companies have: </li></ul><ul><li>marketing, sales, technical roles, training, HR, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Who have you come into contact with in your </li></ul><ul><li>career? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Chemical Scientists at the RSC Sales: membership, journals, books Making the news: RSC News, Chemistry World, campaigns LIC: information specialists Publishing: journals & books Education: HE policy, supporting schools & colleges Parliamentary activities Supporting members: networks, local sections, advice & help Science policy
  6. 6. Real Life Transitions <ul><li>Senior medicinal chemist => regulatory affairs officer </li></ul><ul><li>Medicinal chemist => associate chemist => product manager => graduate project management, Transport for London </li></ul><ul><li>Department leader (blue chip pharma) => director medical chemistry (SME) </li></ul><ul><li>Med Chem Scientist => UN => Chief weapons inspector in Iraq => Senior Oil Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Senior chemist => owner of tea shop in Cornwall </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery chemist = therapeutic area liaison scientist => operations system scientist => product implementation manager => social business consultant </li></ul><ul><li>NMR spectroscopist => applications chemist => software product marketing manager (medical devices and software manufacturer) </li></ul><ul><li>Process technologist => team leader => UK General Manager (contract manufacturer) </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmaceutical manufacturing => Occupational therapist </li></ul>
  7. 7. Real Life Transitions <ul><li>Molecular modeller => film graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Research scientist => clinical trials research </li></ul><ul><li>Team leader drug discovery => global project manager (x2 small companies) </li></ul><ul><li>Computational chemist => podiatry assistant (NHS – retraining) </li></ul><ul><li>Senior principle scientist => account manager & key account specialist (chromatography) </li></ul><ul><li>Director (blue chip pharma) => Head of Chemistry (Cancer Research) </li></ul><ul><li>Senior principle scientist => senior analyst (healthcare) [market research] </li></ul><ul><li>Computational chemist => senior solutions consultant (science business intelligence & solutions/modelling software) </li></ul><ul><li>Scientist => site HSE manager </li></ul><ul><li>Section head, med chem. => project manager, American university </li></ul><ul><li>Med Chem Scientist => Vicar </li></ul>
  8. 8. Career planning
  9. 9. How involved in science do you want to be? ‘hands-on science’ using your scientific knowledge using your skills
  10. 10. Limits? <ul><li>Salary </li></ul><ul><li>Type of company </li></ul><ul><li>How far are you willing to commute? </li></ul><ul><li>How many hours do you want to work? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you prepared to travel? If so how much? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Where do you want to be in… <ul><li>A year’s time? </li></ul><ul><li>3 years? </li></ul><ul><li>5 years? </li></ul><ul><li>10 years? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Other resources <ul><li>How to find a job you’ll love John Lees </li></ul><ul><li>McGraw-Hill 2008, ISBN: 0077121805 </li></ul><ul><li>The Art of Building Windmills </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. The creative job search Local, national, international options
  14. 14. Online Recruitment Agencies Newspapers And Magazines Networking Job Searching
  15. 15. Look at the national picture <ul><li>To get ideas , to identify employment trends or </li></ul><ul><li>to find opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Where to look? </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist websites </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment agencies </li></ul><ul><li>National press </li></ul><ul><li>Professional bodies </li></ul>
  16. 17. Local options <ul><li>Consider your catchment area </li></ul><ul><li>Map out companies of interest </li></ul><ul><li>(yellow pages, online directories, friends, family) </li></ul><ul><li>Research (online, local paper, word of mouth) </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark vacancy pages </li></ul><ul><li>Try speculative letters </li></ul>
  17. 18. Networking Only ~20% of jobs are advertised – the rest are “hidden” or “closed”
  18. 20. Consultancy & self employment <ul><li>RSC can’t provide specific advice on this, </li></ul><ul><li>however… </li></ul><ul><li>Support for small businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy Group (Joint Consultants Forum) </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Business Link </li></ul>
  19. 21. Planning your next steps <ul><li>Action plan for: </li></ul><ul><li>this week </li></ul><ul><li>this month </li></ul><ul><li>6 months </li></ul><ul><li>(4) 12 months </li></ul><ul><li>30 minutes twice a week </li></ul><ul><li>no longer than an hour at a time </li></ul><ul><li>write a check list for the end of each month </li></ul>
  20. 22. Job seeking tools CVs, applications, interviews
  21. 23. CVs – the basics <ul><li>Make it easy to read </li></ul><ul><li>Font: 11pt min (not Times Roman!) </li></ul><ul><li>Language: spelling & short hands </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphs: 3-4 lines, with some bullet points </li></ul><ul><li>2 pages only </li></ul>
  22. 24. Applications <ul><li>Follow the instructions. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal statements </li></ul><ul><li>go through the job spec </li></ul><ul><li>identify evidence for each point </li></ul><ul><li>group similar activities together </li></ul><ul><li>Structure: introduction, middle, end </li></ul>
  23. 25. Interviews <ul><li>The Organisation: </li></ul><ul><li>what it does </li></ul><ul><li>where it is </li></ul><ul><li>staff: how many, what do </li></ul><ul><li>they do? </li></ul><ul><li>Current issues </li></ul><ul><li>annual report & accounts </li></ul><ul><li>website  </li></ul><ul><li>national & local press </li></ul><ul><li>The Job </li></ul><ul><li>Re-read the: </li></ul><ul><li>job description </li></ul><ul><li>candidate specification </li></ul><ul><li>application form/CV </li></ul><ul><li>How do your background, </li></ul><ul><li>skills & qualifications relate </li></ul><ul><li>to the job? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you understand the job? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any questions?  </li></ul>
  24. 26. Careers Service <ul><li>Free advice from the Careers Team </li></ul><ul><li>Laura Woodward and Charlotte Ashley-Roberts </li></ul><ul><li>CV checking, 1 to1 consultations (face to face and over the phone) </li></ul><ul><li>Email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>