Career Planning

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.

AIChE Professional Support – Career Services

Virtual Local Section 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...

Advancing from the Cubicle

AIChE Webinar
Oct 8, 2007
Learn how you can advance from the cubicle to executive through communication, positive perception, and embracing diversity and change. You will be...

CEP: Career Corner - Creating Work-Life Harmony

April
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Work-life balance is a challenge for many of us, but how do we get there from here? First, it helps to adjust our thinking. “It’s not about balance, like weights on a scale,” says Mary T. Scott, a certified professional coach. “It’s more about...

2009 AIChE Salary Survey

August
2009
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries are up 7% from two years ago, to a median of $110,950. Furthermore, average starting salaries have risen to over $65,000.

2011 AIChE Salary Survey

June
2011
Career Catalyst
Chemical engineering salaries have remained stable over the last two years at a median of $110,000. Average starting salaries are nearly $66,900. This expanded version of the article that appeared in print provides the detailed survey results.

How to Get a Job in a Small Company

AIChE Video Vignette
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...

Staying Career Fit in Turbulent Times

AIChE Webinar
Mar 17, 2009
In focusing on our engineering or management responsibilities it is easy to forget about managing our own careers. This session will address career...

Job Hunting Strategies

AIChE 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,...

Job Search Strategies

AIChE Webinar
Oct 5, 2011
Searching for a job is usually a full time job. Job searches can be both voluntary and involuntary but usually involve the investment of a...

Progressing in Your Organization

AIChE Webinar
Aug 19, 2009
You are beginning to establish yourself in your organization and now are ready to progress further, perhaps ready to take on additional...

Refocusing Chemical Engineering

January
2002
Special Section
Edward Cussler, Edward L. Cussler
To adapt to changes in the industry, chemical engineers will require a change in mindset, as well as an enhanced skillset.

Employment of Chemical Engineers

January
2002
Special Section
Freeman Self, Freeman Self 
An analysis of past employment data can help identify future trends in chemical engineering. FreemanSelf-EdEkholm-

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.

It’s a Gift: Make the Most of Holiday Job-Searching

December
2010
Career Catalyst
David Madison
It is a common misconception that the November–December holiday season is an unproductive time for job-hunting. Smart job seekers take advantage of the unusual opportunities that the season brings — to position themselves for holiday job-search...

Educational Perspective on the Future of Chemical Engineering

January
2007
Special Section
Gary K. Patterson, James T. Cobb Jr., S. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Diversification, globalization, emerging technologies...Times have certainly changed for chemical engineers. But, has the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum kept pace?

The Standing of Women in Academia

August
2003
Special Section
Donna J. Nelson
Surveys shed light on how well universities are utilizing the women engineers and scientists in the technical talent pool.

Marketing Your Professional Expertise to Attorneys

December
2003
Career Catalyst
Rosalie  Hamilton
When you see an expert testify in a legal case on TV and think I could do that, you may be right. Here's what you need to know to become a litigation support consultant.

Inherently Safer Design: The Fundamentals

January
2012
Special Section
Dennis C. Hendershot
Build safety into your process by substituting less-hazardous materials and chemistry, minimizing inventories and equipment sizes, moderating operating conditions, and simplifying unnecessarily complex operations.

The Reference Process Demystified

January
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
The people you identify as references in your job search act as your ambassadors to a potential employer. Choosing references who can paint a clear picture of your strengths and potential can be a decisive advantage in your employment campaign.

Recruit for Retention

April
2004
Career Catalyst
Partick Ropella
The most successful employee-retention programs begin with recruiting and hiring the individual who best matches the position and best fits into the company's culture.

How Does Your $alary Stack Up?

August
2002
Special Section
Betty Feehan
The median salary among chemical engineers is $84,000, and annual raises are averaging 4.8%.

Improve Your Position Where You Are

June
2002
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
Basic job-hunting skills such as staying aware and making yourself marketable are also key to advancing your career with your present employer.

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.

Successfully Navigate the Negotiation Process

February
2010
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Employment negotiations begin even before a job offer is extended. Having a clear plan of action, and an understanding of your objectives and those of your employer, will help you make the most of this important process. <br>

Expanding Horizons

August
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
Pursuing a wide variety of career options, chemical engineers continue to reinvent the profession.

Working with Job Search Consultants and Recruiters

October
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Search firms and executive recruiters can be powerful allies in a competitive employment environment.This article puts their role in context and provides guidelines on how to work effectively with them.

Be a Better Bargainer

July
2002
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly 
Follow these pointers to succeed in win-win negotiations.

Finding Your Career Path by Finding Yourself

June
2001
Career Catalyst
Eileen  Sharaga - 
Having an understanding of your skills and talents, particularly transferrable ones, will lead you to greater self-awareness, which will give you a greater capacity for achieving success.

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.

The Evolution of a Chemical Engineering Career

August
2002
Special Section
Corrine L. Kupstas
Follow this engineer's career path as she shares her thoughts on the transitions she has made and how family considerations factored into her career decisions.

Stressed?

October
2002
Career Catalyst
Robert W. Bly
Follow these simple techniques to help you reduce stress and tension on the job.

Success Strategies for the Mid-Career Engineer

August
2001
Career Catalyst
Elizabeth  Feehan
Here's how to take stock of your career and identify and explore a wide range of opportunities so you can decide where you want to go and develop a career plan for getting there.

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.

Forging Career Security

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

Ace the Interview

November
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Few situations can be more anxiety-provoking than a job interview. Although the skills required for a successful interview may not come naturally, they can be honed — with practice, introspection, and informed preparation.

Managing Your Job Search

July
2003
Career Catalyst
Elizabeth Feehan
The key to effective job search is organization. Follow this plan to keep you campaign on track and keep track of your campaign.

A Rich and Diverse History

January
2002
Special Section
Irene Kim
This look at the continuing evolution of chemical engineering starts with reflections on the past.

Get What's Coming to You

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

Engineering a Healthy Body

September
2010
Career Catalyst
Nick Hallale
These basic chemical engineering principles expose common weight loss myths and show you how to get into better shape efficiently and sustainably.

Where is the Chemical Engineering Industry Headed?

January
2007
Special Section
John C. Chen
The chemical enterprise is already global - a trend that is almost certain to continue. What does this trend mean for the chemical engineering profession and for the practicing professional?

Women ChEs Make Progress Toward Equity

August
2003
Special Section
Irene Kim
Women in the chemical engineering profession are gaining equality -- to varying degrees -- in numbers, salary and worklife environment.

Assessing Competency During the Hiring Process

December
2009
Career Catalyst
Lisa L. Walker
Interviews and references provide insight into what a job candidate has accomplished. Competency assessment helps the employer ascertain how an individual will actually think and behave on the job. <br> <br>

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.

Disarming the Firing Squad

July
2009
Career Catalyst
Kate Wendleton
If thoughts of a layoff keep you up at night, stop wringing your hands and start taking action. Follow this 11-step plan to position yourself for success in these uncertain economic times.
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