When talking with college students at local section meetings, I’m often asked about my responsibilities within AIChE with a simple question: “So, what do you do?” The answer, however, is not so simple. As a leader in the Chicago Local Section, Chicago Young Professionals Committee (YPC), national YPC, and President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Local Sections, I could answer this question in several ways.
If your New Year’s resolution is to find a new job or career, consider adding a career fair or two to your job search strategy. Although usually associated with entry-level positions, career fairs can put more-experienced chemical engineers face to face with hiring managers or human resource representatives, a critical step to landing a new position in today’s competitive job market.
When was the last time you learned something new for your job? A generation ago, chemical engineers could expect to settle into a well-defined position at one company and remain there for an entire career. Today, things could not be more different. Many engineers change jobs at least once, or take on additional responsibilities that require new knowledge and skills.
Schmoozing. Glad-handing. Kibitzing. Networking — the art of cultivating productive relationships — often gets a bad rap. Yet without some form of networking, it may be difficult for you to get a promotion, make a career change, or land a six-figure...
What do Sheri McCoy, CEO of Avon Products, the late Robert Goizueta, former Chairman and Chief Executive of Coca-Cola, and Andrew Grove, former Chairman and CEO of Intel, have in common? They all started their careers as chemical engineers and later...
One of the proudest moments of my early career was when I received a promotion from senior engineer to ﬁrst-line manager. It took about a week for the elation to wear off, as I began to realize how much responsibility I had for producing results...
Blogs have come a long way since their first appearance in the late 1990s, when they were little more than online diaries. Today, people are just as likely to turn to blogs (Internet shorthand for “Web log”) as to newspapers or magazines for information and news.
I was taught that the word hopefully means “in a hopeful manner” or “full of hope.” Authors who start a sentence with the word hopefully usually mean “I (we) hope” or “it is hoped” — which is an incorrect usage of the word.
Today’s employment environment has altered the concept of “career.” If you are attempting to change jobs or enter a different industry — or even considering a second career — it is important to understand your motivations and proceed with care.
Engineers can derive professional benefits from Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, and other social media. Here is some practical advice on using these tools effectively, whether you are a veteran or a relative novice.
Conflict is an almost unavoidable part of life and work, and it can lead to surprisingly constructive opportunities. Here is a discussion of how to manage conflicts— and how to make the most of them when they occur.
Engineers are often called on to review product brochures and ads for equipment and processes. Here are six tips for working more effectively with an ad agency or corporate marketing-communications department to create good product literature.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the daily influx of memos, letters, reports and journals? These tips will help you develop a systematic method for dealing with the endless stream of material that is essential to your job.
The global chemical industry is showing particularly strong growth outside North America. Understanding where opportunities exist — and which are worth taking — can help you decide whether it is time to take your career, and your life, on the road.