Career Development

Career Corner: Dealing with Difficult Bosses

December
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
In the comedy Horrible Bosses , three friends who have been harassed, insulted, and terrorized by their bosses scheme to get rid of them permanently. Professionals who may have had a difficult manager or two may readily identify with the trio and...

Podcast Series Speaks to Top Chemical Engineers

December 21, 2016
As part of AIChE's Doing a World of Good campaign, we recently interviewed three prominent chemical engineers to discuss various aspects of their careers, including some of their...

Saudi YPC Participates in PetroTech 2016 Bahrain

October 20, 2016
More than 3,500 refining and petrochemicals industry professionals and academics from over 30 countries attended the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and...

The World Needs Engineering Judgment

April 9, 2014
William Banholzer, retired Dow Chemical CTO, gave an insightful and wide-ranging address on the the state of technology changes for the future, and the chemical engineer’s special...

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.
L to R: Austin Wright-Pettibone, University of Washington; Mena-George Basaly, City College of New York; Tomas Wesley Green of the University of Kansas

Introducing AIChE’s 2016 WISE Interns

August 19, 2016
Summer wouldn’t be summer without the tradition of the WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program, which offers students across engineering disciplines the...

Staying Connected through AIChE's Local Sections

March 17, 2015
Did you know that there are over 90 AIChE local sections worldwide? And all of them exist to serve members like you! The AIChE website introduces local sections with the tagline “...

Connect with Chemical Engineers in Your Area

February 11, 2016
Sure, AIChE conferences are a great place to other engineers and catch up on the latest in your field, but what about all those times between conferneces?. For all those times in...
AIChE sends undergraduates to Washington, DC, each summer as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This year’s interns were (from left): Kathleen Wu, Yale Univ.; Jill Schoborg, Iowa State Univ.; and Jami Summey-Rice, Univ. of Houston.

WISE Interns Complete DC Assignments

September 17, 2015
This summer, three chemical engineering students explored the interface between engineering and public policy as AIChE’s 2015 WISE (Washington Internships for Students of...

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...

Attend VLS's 5th Anniversary Meeting Online

January 19, 2015
You are invited to attend the January 22 Virtual Local Section Meeting and celebrate the start of the VLS's fifth year of "supporting chemical engineers regardless of geography."...

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...

February 2015 CEP Preview

February 18, 2015
Ethics Examining Your Engineering Responsibility Engineering ethics frequently has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with communication, thought and decision-...

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...

Process Safety As a Career Foundation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
The foundation of one’s profession can have an exponential effect on the lifelong development of their careers. There may be no stronger launching...

Career Corner: How to Be Productive Working from Home

August
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
You might think working from home is easy. You could avoid the stress of commuting and even work in your pajamas if you want. While such a work arrangement may seem ideal, it is not always easy to stay focused if you are not in a typical office...

Career Corner: Brush Up on Your Interview Skills

June
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Are you considering changing jobs? You may think that with an updated resumé and rehearsed answers to standard questions such as “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” you are ready to interview for that next opportunity. Not so fast. Today,...

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...

Career Corner: Transitioning to a Career in Sales Engineering

April
2016
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Does the business side of chemical engineering capture your interest? Are you drawn to a hands-on role with customers, so that you can help them with their technical and business challenges? If you answered yes to either of those questions, consider a career in technical sales.

Should a Chemical Engineer go to Business School?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
An MBA can increase your ability to consciously think of business development as you perform your role. It can lead to change of career, change of...

Interview Tips

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 4, 2013

CEP: Career Corner - Add Career Fairs to Your Job Search Strategy

February
2014
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
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.

CEP: YPOV - Building a Leadership Portfolio

February
2014
YPOV
Janet Werner
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.

CEP: Career Corner - Transitioning to Management

June
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
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...

CEP: Career Corner - Becoming a Leader

August
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
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...

CEP: Career Corner - Career Success through Networking

October
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
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...

CEP: Career Corner - Don’t Stop Learning

December
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
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.

Optimize Your Conference Poster's Impact

August
2010
Career Catalyst
L. P. Driskill
Engineers routinely optimize process designs; poster designs need optimization too. Use these techniques and strategies to create a poster that captures and holds the viewer's attention.

Smart Blogging for Chemical Engineers

May
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
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.

Hopefully, Change Won't Be Difficult

May
2012
Editorial
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.

Use Cloud Tools to Collaborate

July
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
Internet-based applications are changing the way chemical engineers collaborate. These virtual tools can help project teams make decisions more quickly, reduce costs, and increase productivity.

Advance Your Career in 8 Words or Less

August
2002
Special Section
Kate Wendleton
A short, simple and concise message can be an effective way to let others know about your accomplishments and your worth.

Evaluating the Risks and Rewards of an Expatriate Assignment

March
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
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.

Achieving Success

December
2001
Career Catalyst
Slava Thaler
Put these seven principles to work to spell success for your professional and personal life.

Getting Your Message Across

May
2004
Career Catalyst
Margaret Clarke Hunt, Denise Price Hosier
Engineers play an important role in the marketing of products, processes and services. Here's a short course on the basics of marketing communications to help you be effective in that role.

Work Effectively with Your Patent Attorney

April
2003
Career Catalyst
Steven J. Helmer
By understanding the basics of patent law and by establishing a close working relationship with your attorneys, you can ensure that you receive the broadest possible patent protection.

Contemplating a New Phase of Your Career

April
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
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.

Get What's Coming to You

January
2002
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
Here's how to negotiate the best possible severance package.

How To Be An Expert Witness

October
2004
Career Catalyst
Peter R. Lantos
Here’s what you should know about the litigation process to serve as a successful technical witness.

Do More in Less Time

March
2001
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Ten tips for improving your personal productivity.

Improve Your Telephone Skills

May
2003
Career Catalyst
Make the most of this important tool by practicing some common sense and good etiquette. RobertW.Bly-

Getting Started in Social Media

January
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
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.

Forging Career Security

December
2005
Career Catalyst
David Madison
Eight things to do when you’re not job hunting.

Should You Accept an International Assignment?

August
2003
Career Catalyst
C. Delia Contreras, Fabio Bravo
Consider the career- and family-related benefits and trade-offs of an overseas experience, as well as whether you have what it takes to be successful in such a position.

Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Career

March
2012
Career Catalyst
Loraine Kasprzak
LinkedIn - the social media tool most often used by professionals - allows you to establish an online presence, connect with others, and find business and job opportunities.

Play Your Cards Right ...

May
2002
Career Catalyst
Nathaniel A. Matlin
to make yourself stand out from the pack when you're seeking a new position.

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