Career Advice for YPs and Students

Announcing AIChE's Member Get a Member Program

June 5, 2017
With AIChE's Member-Get-a-Member-Program, you can be a force that helps build a global community of chemical engineers. And as you participate, you can win prizes and encourage...

Skills They Don’t Teach You in School

May 9, 2017
It’s impossible to learn everything you need to know for your career in a four-year undergraduate program. A proper education should prepare you with the tools and skills you need...
2016 Donald F & Mildred Topp Othmer Scholarship Award Winners

Student Awards Application Deadline: July 1

May 23, 2017
Chemical engineering students work hard to earn their degrees. AIChE awards recognize students' hard work individually and within student chapters. These awards are available...

YPOV: Skills They Don’t Teach You in School

May
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
It’s impossible to learn everything you need to know for your career in a four-year undergraduate program. A proper education should prepare you with the tools and skills you need to problem-solve in the “real world.” However, the typical chemical...

It's True! You Don't Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

Archived Webinar
Nov 2, 2016
Take advantage of the game-changing power of etiquette in your career. Attend this webinar to brush up on the basics of professional etiquette. In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll gain a refresher on professional etiquette and how chemical engineers can use it to advance their careers. You’ll...

Law Careers for Chemical Engineers

Archived Webinar
Mar 4, 2015
Joshua Stowell discusses the different career opportunities that are available to chemical engineers who pursue careers as attorneys. He reviews specialty law fields for chemical engineers as well as the law school experience and the practice of law through the eyes of a chemical engineer.

Entering a New Golden Age of Chemical Engineering

Archived Webinar
Sep 10, 2014
Chemical engineering expertise is essential for a wide variety of areas that are shaping the world’s future, making this truly a new Golden Age of ChE. At the same time, a hallmark of our scientific and technological advances is that they must address larger contexts, and we must aid both industry...

Young Professionals and AIChE

Archived Webinar
Mar 27, 2014
Whether you are a recent graduate looking to get involved or your AIChE communities are struggling without new interest, you will appreciate the practical advice and insight for and about Young Professionals. As chair of the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) in AIChE, Elizabeth will discuss the...

Innovation in Improving Performance

Archived Webinar
Apr 17, 2013
This webinar focuses on ideas for improving the performance of individuals who work in industrial settings.

Leadership Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Archived Webinar
Feb 20, 2013
This webinar discusses the “hidden leadership” opportunities that are woven into everyday roles, how to recognize these opportunities and take advantage of them.

AIChE Professional Support – Career Services

Archived Webinar
Feb 23, 2012
Whether you are getting ready to graduate with your chemical engineering degree, you are currently unemployed, or you are looking for a new technical challenge, learn about a number of tools AIChE has designed to support you in your job search.

Polishing Your Technical Communication Skills

Archived Webinar
Nov 16, 2011
We improve our communication if we follow a problem solving approach for each of the four stages: prewriting, writing, polishing/revising and delivery. Learn about this approach.

Dining Etiquette in Asia

Archived Webinar
Jul 13, 2011
In this video you will learn about dining etiquette in Asia. Topics covered will be: place settings, when to begin your meal, honoring your host, salutations, and a host of other topics. Due to a recording error, the video screen appears at a reduced size. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dining Etiquette in South America

Archived Webinar
Jul 11, 2011
Topics covered will be: place settings, when to begin your meal, honoring your host, salutations, and a host of other topics.

Dining Etiquette -- Europe

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2011
In this video you will learn about dining etiquette in various countries in Europe. Topics covered will be: place settings, when to begin your meal, honoring your host, salutations, and a host of other topics.

Successful Interviewing Techniques

Archived Webinar
Jan 21, 2011
This video will focus on what to do to make an interview successful. You will learn how to prepare for an interview, get extensive advice on what to do and not to do during your interview, and learn what steps to take following the interview.

How to Get a Job in a Small Company

Archived Webinar
Jan 20, 2011
This video will give you lessons on how to target small companies, where to network, and what you need to do to be prepared to tackle your job search and interview.

Opportunities for Leadership Roles in Graduate School

Archived Webinar
Jun 5, 2010
Top educators in the chemical engineering field will discuss how leadership development is addressed through the ChE undergraduate and graduate curriculum and experience. The panelists will discuss strategies for developing engineers into leaders, how these strategies can be improved and more...

Dealing with Difficult People

Archived Webinar
Aug 5, 2009
In this webinar, Professor Douglas Ludlow shares his insight and advice about how to deal with difficult people.

Beyond the Resume: An Inside Look for Students at What Recruiters Really Think

Archived Webinar
May 19, 2009
This presentation is chockfull of tips and strategies for college students applying for internships or making the leap into the career world. Participants will learn how to make their resume a stand-out marketing tool, the power of networking and how to tackle interviews with confidence. In...

Patent Fundamentals for Engineers

Archived Webinar
May 5, 2009
Ever wonder what a patent looks like, what rights are conveyed by a patent, or how your actions can bar any right to obtain patent protection for your invention? Whether in academia or industry, every engineer should understand the basic principles of patent law. Learn how to document your...

Job Derailment vs. Success: Advice for New Engineers

Archived Webinar
Mar 31, 2009
New engineers head off to their careers after graduation, all too often without any idea of what to expect. There is all this knowledge bouncing around in your head about unit operations, mass balances, thermodynamics, and so on, but no real guidance as to how to use it. The good news is that you...

Retirement Planning for Young Engineers

Archived Webinar
Mar 24, 2009
Retirement may sound like a world away from where you are now, but there are some important steps that you should be taking to make your retirement everything you envision it to be. Our objective during this presentation is to provide information, which will motivate you, educate you, and inform...

Career Strategies for Young Professionals

Archived Webinar
Dec 9, 2008
Gone are the days when you will work for the same company for your entire career. It now falls to you to forge your own path! What can you do early in your career to get a head start? Wendy Young, Field Manager for Baker Petrolite and member of AIChE’s Board of Directors offers valuable tips and...

How the Chemical Engineer Will Shape the 21st Century

Archived Webinar
Dec 2, 2008
The current global economic meltdown, along with imbalances in energy ecology and equity, imply that the fundamental backbone of the global industrial world needs reinventing. This reinvention must lead to a new relationship between human and nature, which is not extractive but enriching; and is...

Job Hunting Strategies

Archived Webinar
Sep 9, 2008
Searching for a job can be frustrating and time consuming. Finding the ideal job depends on your situation, geographical preferences, personality, and many other things. It is of utmost importance that you become aware of your value to a potential employer. Further, it is important to continually...

YPOV: Should You Pursue PE Licensure?

March
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) takes dedication. Having a PE after your name signals to employers and clients that you have competence in your field and helps set you apart from your competitors. Although the requirements to...

Should You Pursue PE Licensure?

March 14, 2017
Becoming licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) takes dedication. Having a PE after your name signals to employers and clients that you have competence in your field and helps...

Choose the Right PhD Program

January 10, 2017
Applying to doctoral programs can seem like a daunting task. But doing your research and staying organized can help you earn an acceptance letter from a quality school. Before you...

YPOV: Choose the Right PhD Program

January
2017
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Applying to doctoral programs can seem like a daunting task. But doing your research and staying organized can help you earn an acceptance letter from a quality school.

Women in Chemical Technology: Sheri Oslick

January 14, 2015
Sheri Oslick is an attorney whose practice focuses on the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Learn about her science background and the path she took to find her career.

New Resource Site for Faculty Candidates

March 8, 2016
Are you a faculty candidate? Are you going to be looking for a position in academia in the coming months or years? Professor Roman Voronov has been working on a blog “A Faculty...

Successfully Navigating in a New Career

May 13, 2015
Congratulations to those of you who are graduating this month! This is a monumental time in your life. If you already have a job lined up, you are ready to walk across the...

Get Back on Your Feet After a Layoff

September 20, 2016
You thought it would never happen to you. You are a hard-working chemical engineer fulfilling your career goals. The next thing you know, you’re called into a meeting with your...

Is a Nontraditional ChemE Career for You?

September 15, 2015
A chemical engineering degree makes you more than ready for a wide variety of careers, including those that are usually considered nontraditional.

Ron Corn Discusses Ethylene "Mega Projects"

April 15, 2016
Sanjeev Kapur of Apex PetroConsultants interviews Ron Corn, senior vice president of Projects & Supply Chain for Chevron Phillips Chemical. Ron discusses "mega projects" which...

A New Norm for the PhD Workforce?

November 20, 2015
Increasing number of young professionals pursuing PhDs far outstrips the number of tenure-track faculty positions available, making an academic career the exception today rather...

Successfully Navigating in a New Career

May 18, 2016
Achieving success in your new job may require some skills that you did not learn in college. Take advantage of some advice here that's based on one chemical engineer's experiences...

Consider a Career in the Water Industry

January 20, 2016
Although not a traditional career route for chemical engineers, the water industry is a broad field that can offer both challenges and rewards.

YPOV: Do’s and Don’ts of International Business Travel

July
2016
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Preparing for an international business trip can be much more stressful than a domestic trip. Along with arranging an itinerary, packing your essentials, and coordinating your flights and hotels, you also need to worry about being jet lagged, maintaining proper etiquette, and acquiring the proper visas and other documents needed for travel.

What's Your Problem Solving Style?

August
2004
Career Catalyst
Jack Hipple
Understand how you and others solve problems, and use that knowledge to cultivate organizational relationships and improve individual and team efforts.

YPOV: Persuade Your Boss to Send You to an AIChE Conference

May
2016
YPOV
Giselle Schlegel
The wealth of information and knowledge that you can gain at an AIChE conference is extraordinary. At every turn, professionals, graduate students, and undergraduates are sharing their ideas and accomplishments with other conference-goers. The week...

Engineering & Construction 101

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

YPOV: What to Ask During an Interview — and What Questions to Avoid

March
2016
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
Interviews are a great way for an employer to get to know more about you and determine whether or not you are right for an open position. However, all too often, young professionals overlook the fact that interviews are also a time to gauge whether...

YPOV: A New Norm for the PhD Workforce?

November
2015
YPOV
Chris Lowe
Historically, PhD students in fields such as humanities and social sciences were likely to seek a tenure-track faculty position at a research university. But, the increasing number of young professionals pursuing PhDs far outstrips the number of...

YPOV: Consider a Career in the Water Industry

January
2016
YPOV
Emily Frangenberg
The American water market is on the brink of change, and the push for greater water security and sustainability has increased over the past decade. Industrial water users are realizing that sustainable water use is not only good for the environment...

CEP: YPOV - Electricity and the Environment

July
2014
YPOV
Noah Meeks
Electricity generated by fossil fuels is a relatively stable and low-cost commodity, and fossil fuels will continue to be an important source of energy for the forseeable future. The environmental impact of electricity generation is minimized...

CEP: YPOV - Engineering Your Job Change through Networking

January
2015
YPOV
Sarah Ewing
In the current job market, people rarely stay employed with the same company that hired them after college for their entire career. If you want to take control of your career and make a job change that is consistent with your professional and personal goals, allow enough time to weigh the pros and cons instead of making the decision on a whim. The most critical step in this process is not updating your resumé, but making sure that the new position will be a good fit and not just a quick fix. I like to think of changing jobs as a process with four key steps: recognizing that it is time to move on, deciding where you want to go, determining what you need to get there, and then networking your way in.

CEP: YPOV Your Career as a Volunteer

March
2013
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
To surpass the merely adequate, and to accomplish something noteworthy, requires one to take on tasks that are unstated and to solve problems that others may not have even noticed. Depending on the structure of your work environment, there may be...

CEP: YPOV - Successfully Navigating in a New Career

May
2015
YPOV
Kyle Kramer
Congratulations to those of you who are graduating this month! This is a monumental time in your life. If you already have a job lined up, you are ready to walk across the graduation stage and into your future career. However, being the new person...

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