Our in-house career management team are on hand to provide support for our whole membership, at any stage of your career – whether you are a recent graduate or you are planning your retirement.
Of our career and professional development support, you valued the access to specialist advisors most highly alongside a number of allied services.
We will be using the responses you have provided to begin a broader review of all of these activities to ensure that you continue to get first class guidance throughout your career.
Find out more about careers support.
Our registered and chartered professional awards are the cornerstone of our professional development platform for our members and over a third of respondents either hold, are working towards or are familiar with our flagship chartered chemist award.
Of those who hold or are working towards an RSC professional award, 81% told us that they feel it has contributed to promoting their career success. Many commented on how the award has increased their professional credibility and given them a sense of achievement and pride.
If you are thinking about achieving a professional award, or manage individuals who would benefit from this framework for professional development, our accreditation and qualifications team can provide expert help on selecting the right award.
Some respondents said they would like assistance with the different steps required to achieve a professional award. Our team can help with this, right through from application to building a report or portfolio and assessment.
Over the coming year we will be working to increase support across the board for our registers and chartership applicants.
Find our more about professional recognition.
Chemists' Community Fund
As a member of the RSC you have access to our Chemists' Community Fund. The fund exists to provide support to you and your family when life gets challenging.
Over two thirds of participants were aware of the Fund and the numerous ways it can provide support in times of hardship, from legal advice to coping with bereavement, and from financial support to health and wellbeing services. However not all of you felt confident in how to access it.
We will continue to increase promotion of this key offering for our membership in order to combat the numbers who are unsure of how to access it, or who are unsure of their eligibility. This year is the fund’s 100 year anniversary so we have many planned activities that will help to answer these concerns.
Find out more about the Chemists Community Fund.
Inclusion and Diversity
This year's survey asked your opinions on inclusion and diversity within the chemical sciences.
Some of our most recent research has focused on these areas, such as support for women within the profession as laid out in our "Breaking the barriers" insights, which highlighted challenges to women’s retention and progression in the chemical sciences, and our collaborative efforts with the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society on the report "Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists", which emphasised the need to create working environments where all employees feel comfortable and can therefore flourish.
With our new more in depth diversity data monitoring questions, we align our data collection with current best practices such as those used by Stonewall, The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Science Council, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
From 2020, we have committed to report publicly on our diversity data, and data from our membership survey will form a large part of this. We will collectively be empowered to provide more accurate analysis and reports to improve our services and provide the best possible offering to our community.
Looking to the future
Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to explore the responses that you provided, identify trends in membership groups and begin to plan future projects, products and services that will help you in the your day to day roles as well as more broadly across your work and home life.
Every answer is valuable to us and your time, enthusiasm and experience gives us confidence in using this research to build a stronger membership for every part of our community.