I am a recent grad with a BS in Chemistry. I have roughly 1.5yrs relevant work experience thanks to my university's co-op program. I am currently a [redacted] intern (paid) at a company I have co-op'd with before. I have expressed interest in staying on with them full time, but there are no openings in my department ([x number] Chem MS's were hired prior to my arrival). However, the other day, the quality department head asked if I would be interested in applying for several open positions in quality. My concern is that I do not want to be stuck in quality, which seems to be what happened to everyone that currently works there.
Will taking a QC position as a first full time job dictate or impede future endeavors? For that matter how much does your first relevant job dictate your future employment?Personally, I think taking an entry-level analytical job early doesn't really hurt anything; it's a line on your CV, and suggests that (assuming that you can keep the job) you're hire-able. That said, many chemists do not enjoy QC work, because it is repetitive.
I think that it starts affecting your career choices at the 2 year mark. One imagines that the longer you stay in any position, the longer it begins to affect your future career choices (imagine someone who has been in 1 position in 1 field for 20 years -- they're basically defined by their career in that field.) So, my guess is, unless you have better options, take the job and keep looking.
Readers, should RY take the job? Seems to me that it couldn't be the end of the world, especially consider the other options (penury, living with your parents, etc.)