Although excellent experimental technique and a broad chemical knowledge are crucial to a career in chemistry, there are additional skills that are needed in order to be truly successful. You must be able to plan your time efficiently, know how to prepare a résumé or curriculum vitae, have knowledge of areas outside of pure chemistry, understand the nature of jobs in chemical industry and academia, be able to express yourself clearly in both oral and written formats, etc. While these "extra" skills are often developed in graduate school, they are usually not taught in a systematic fashion.
In an effort to make sure that our graduates have a competitive edge when it comes to getting their first job and beyond, the Department is developing a formal Professional Development Curriculum. We are implementing a curriculum that systematically addresses the wide range of skills needed to be successful. The time commitment is modest and the program can be tailored to your individual needs.
Contact Joseph Grabowski (firstname.lastname@example.org; CSC-705) for more information about Chemistry & Pitt-CIRTL.