As part of my initiative to promote jobs, ACS will launch a program in New Orleans that is intended to expand job opportunities for ACS members. The International Employment Initiative (IEI) will bring international recruiters to meet job seekers at Sci-Mix on April 8 and the ACS Virtual Career Fair on April 8–9. Connecting job seekers with global opportunities increases potential options for members looking for new prospects.
The launch of IEI at Sci-Mix will coincide with introduction of the new ACS International Center. The center will serve as a comprehensive source of information about work, education, and travel around the globe. It can offer guidance for members wishing to explore jobs or exchange programs.
In the increasingly global chemistry enterprise, job opportunities—whether in teaching, research, manufacturing, marketing, sales, or beyond—can be found anywhere in the world. Because today’s job opportunities are global, empowering our members to participate in this global enterprise can be transforming. I have met many individuals who have reinvented themselves with second careers overseas, where their skills and knowledge have found new homes.
To remain competitive in this global chemistry enterprise, we must encourage members to view globalization more as an opportunity than a threat. Like it or not, globalization is here to stay and indeed is accelerating. My first priority remains serving our domestic members, and I am strongly advocating to bring both advanced manufacturing and research jobs home through regulatory and tax reform incentives.I think it's fascinating when such a paragraph shows up in someone's text without a variety of accompanying words, such as: America, China, Indian, pay, salary and outsourcing. Of course, we have to use the Up Goer Five editor to make things a little more clear:
If you are looking for a job, maybe you can find more jobs in places not in your home. We can help you do that. Lots of people have done that.The rest of President Wu's essay talks about the different ways that she's trying to help ACS members, i.e. 25 free SciFinder searches! (Actually I think that's a pretty cool idea, especially for interview agenda checking.) Also, she wants to hear how ACS members think that she should help members.
Isn't this something that we should be telling younger members about? It seems to me to be newsworthy that we have a historically high unemployment rate among members (as measured by the ACS Salary Survey) and the elected President of our society is saying that it's time for members to look overseas for jobs. Am I crazy for thinking that people aren't paying enough attention to this?
[I probably am. I suspect members have been hitting the "do something!" button, and this is something, so ACS going to do it. Will much come of it? Who knows? Will it last past this year? Hard to say.]