Career Workshops at the ACS Career Fair

ACS 250th National Meeting
Boston Convention Center
August 16-19, 2015
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Boston, MA

Sunday, August 16

New Technologies to Find Jobs and Manage Your Career  10:00-11:30 AM  Room 103
Soups to Nuts of Entrepreneurship  12:00-1:30PM Room 103
Working in Industry  1:30-5:30PM Room 106
Finding Your Path  1:30-5:30PM Room 104
Acing the Interview   1:30-5:30PM Room 105
Foreign-National Scientist Obtaining a Job in the U.S  1:30-3:00PM Room 103

Monday, August 17

Working in Government  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 104C
Working for Yourself  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 105
Working in Higher Education   8:30AM-12:30PM Room 106
Finding Your Path  1:30-5:30PM Room 104C
Acing the Interview  1:30-5:30PM Room 105
Working in Industry  1:30-5:30PM Room 106

Tuesday, August 18

Finding Your Path  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 104C
Acing the Interview  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 105
Working in Industry 8:30-12:30PM Room 106
Working in Government  1:30-5:30PM Room 104C
Working for Yourself  1:30-5:30PM Room 105
Working in Higher Education  1:30-5:30PM Room106

Wednesday, August 19

Finding Your Path  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 104C
Acing the Interview  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 105
Working in Industry  8:30AM-12:30PM Room 106

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.



Career 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.

Other Workshops (subject to change)

Effective Interviewing

Prepare yourself for interviews so that each one can be a success. This workshop provides practical steps to help you excel during interviews by 1) anticipating common questions posed by interviewers, 2) preparing your responses to tough questions in advance, and 3) conducting due diligence research on the hiring organization. You'll learn to skillfully position your core strengths and communicate how you are uniquely qualified to help the hiring organization reach its goals.

Electronic Tools to Enhance Your Job Hunt

Learn how to take advantage of the latest internet and information technology tools to advance your career and find a great job. Designed specifically for chemical professionals, this workshop will guide you through blogs, social networking, wikis and other new media tools, explaining how each one can be used to not only share information about yourself and showcase your achievements, but also other critical information to support your job search. Everyone who participates in this workshop is sure to learn valuable job search techniques and strategies.

Foreign-National Scientists: Obtaining a Job in the US

Discover what you need to do to secure a job in the United States as a non-U.S. citizen. This session will help international chemical professionals seeking a career in the US in academia, industry, or government. Participants will learn the legal and immigration issues governing foreign-nationals working in the US. You'll also learn some of the practical considerations that you need to keep in mind when applying for work. The panel, consisting of an immigration attorney and representatives from academia and industry, will discuss current issues and answer your questions.

Mock Interview Demonstration

See and hear what happens in a great interview. You'll discover firsthand what makes a candidate stand out from the crowd and what can instantly sink his or her chances. You'll learn how to skillfully respond to tough questions as well as pose questions that impress the recruiter. You'll not only learn what to do, but most importantly what not to do, to maximize your chances of making an outstanding first impression and getting job offers.

Patents & Intellectual Property

Find out what you need to do to protect research, inventions, and intellectual property. Whether it's a new chemical formula or key finding, protecting proprietary material is critical in science. This workshop focuses specifically on what chemical professionals need to know about patent law. You'll learn all the elements of a patent so that you'll know exactly how patents work, what they do, and what they don't do. This workshop will also explore protecting trade secrets and the patentability of specific inventions.

Planning Your Job Search

Design an effective job search, then put it into action. We'll bring you up to date with the latest trends in the employment market for chemical professionals. You'll learn the best way to organize your job search and then target the market segments and jobs that are right for you. By performing a personal assessment, you'll discover which jobs are most suited to your values, skills, and aspirations. You'll also learn how to find unadvertised jobs through networking, make effective cold calls to employers, and gather useful information about prospective employers.

Preparing a Resume

Land and interview with a winning resume. This workshop shows you how to develop your resume for the maximum wow factor. You'll learn what you need to include and how you need to present it. Just as important, we'll tell you what not to include. We'll also help you improve your resume's visual appeal so that it stands out and instantly calls to a recruiter to read it. Finally, we'll give you some important tips for transmitting resumes electronically so that they don't get lost in cyberspace.

Writing Excellent Proposals

Discover how to write a proposal that stands out from the crowd and effectively persuades the reader that your ideas are worth pursuing. Whether in academia, government, non-profit or industry, proposals are essential to securing grants, gaining approval for projects, and obtaining support for new initiatives. Yet, what makes a good proposal often eludes many people. This workshop will help you understand the key components of a proposal that not only reads well, but also gets the results you want.