As we have said earlier in this article, getting good advice should always be your first step and the same goes for looking after your career development, whatever situation you are in. Every month, our careers team run a webinar that focuses on different topics and can provide you with advice from experts in their field. They are available to all our members. Topics on our YouTube channel include ‘Creating an effective CV’, ‘Starting your own business’ and ‘How to get published’. We also run webinars on careers in specific sectors of industry as well as academia or teaching. Additionally, we have webinars on how to effectively prepare for your retirement.
In 2015, we set up our mentoring scheme in response to feedback on how we could best support diversity. For those who are Associate Members, Members or Fellows with us, you can take control of your professional and career development by working with one of our mentors to increase your confidence in the workplace, learn how to start your own business or even learn how to develop and maintain a good work/life balance and many other topics. If you are a Member or Fellow, you can become a mentor with the scheme and training will be provided to build your confidence as a mentor. We run training sessions across the UK, but also offer training via webinar when appropriate.
Members in the Associate Member, Member or Fellow categories can also speak to one of our career advisers on a one-to-one basis. In the past, the team have helped members get back into the job market after unemployment or parental leave, provide support through redundancy, offer re-training advice or progress into management. Browse our careers management team’s full range of services browse our webpage.
Being a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry also allows you to give back to your local chemistry community, stand out from the crowd professionally, build new skills and meet new and friendly people. It’s also a lot of fun.
We have many options for those who are looking to get involved volunteering for us. From one-off volunteering opportunities – such as helping your Local Section write and send their Christmas cards or getting involved in some outreach – to offering some peer to peer support such as becoming a CChem mentor or sitting on your Interest Groups’ committee, there is a volunteering opportunity to suit you.
To look at our suggestions for ways you can volunteer and get involved please visit our webpage.