Titel: Career Management for Chemists
Autor/en: John Fetzer
A Guide to Success in a Chemistry Career.
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Springer Berlin Heidelberg
21. Mai 2004 - gebunden - 280 Seiten
John Fetzer's "Career Management for Chemists" provides ample, common-sense guidance on the key topics such as:
Resumés and CVs, Staying Driven & Current, Personal Skills & Traits
Networking, Teamwork & Leadership, Speaking & Listening
Writing Research Papers, Mentoring, Behavior & Rewards
The practical coverage reflects not only his long professional experience but also his insight that, especially in today's changing workplace, expectations and strategies for career management require constant re-evaluation.
Provides real, common-sense, and proven means to enrich and make more rewarding a technical career.
Pre-publication comments from colleagues -
"Not only the student who is taking his first steps in the scientific world would profit abundantly by mining this book for views and ideas on the different sides of his chosen career. Also the seasoned scientist will be stimulated to scrutinize his own habits and pick up new thoughts, thereby becoming a more skilled instructor of his younger colleagues." J. Andersson, University of Münster, Germany
"As one of the international collaborators of Dr. John Fetzer, I want to warmly congratulate him. His efforts nicely summarize very important topics for all who work in scientific activities. But, at the same time, Career Management for Chemists also provides some real insights for many people who are not working in science. This is a nice guidebook on how to enrich our lives and help us to become more successful!!
K. Jinno, Toyohashi University of Technology
1 Introduction - The career as a long trip
2 Technical Areas
2.1 Accepting Failure to Create Innovation in Experimentation
2.2 Keeping current - always learning
2.3 Specialist or Generalist?
2.4 Being a Part of the Scientific Community
2.4.1 General Remarks
2.4.2 Societies - Is it advantageous to belong to professional societies
2.4.3 Being Involved in Societies
2.4.4 Conferences - Is it advantageous to attend and present at conferences?
2.4.5 Journals and other Publications - Is it advantageous to publish papers?
2.4.6 Reviewing for Journals
2.4.7 Advisory Boards and Editorships
2.5 Thinking - Curiosity and Wonder
2.6 Thinking - Scepticism
2.8 Parochial science - Possessiveness and Boundaries
2.9 The Tools (Part 1) - Tools and mechanics of research: Putting together your toolbox
2.10 The Tools (Part 2) - Handy tools, but not always needed
3 Non-technical Areas
3.1.1 The general common points
3.1.2 Eloquence - Speaking Easily the First time
3.1.3 Writing a paper - The basic mechanics help
3.2 Networking - Becoming an integral part of your field
3.3 Collaborative Research
3.4 Diversity in Science - Being open minded
2.5 Using a mentor - Help Wanted: Sage and Wise Chemists to help guide
3.6 Being a mentor
3.7.1 Personalities and Styles in Dealing with Others
3.7.2 Dealing with Those on the Dark Side - difficult and worse people
3.7.3 Ethics - The Right Things to Do
3.8 Teams, Teamwork and Leadership
3.9 Balancing professional and private time
4 Career Changes
4.1 The Rewards or working in industry - Starting and choosing a direction from graduate school to an industrial career
4.2 Industry versus academia - The Merits of an Industrial Career in Contacts to one in Academia
4.3 Resume and curriculum vita - Getting the messageacross
4.4 The grass is greener - A Comparison Between Workplaces
4.5 Changing hats - supervising and managing
4.6 Personal skills and assessments
4.7 Degree of difficulty - non-advanced degree chemists
4.8 Pursuit of Non-traditional Careers in Chemistry
From the reviews:
This book has an incredibly broad scope and looks at both technical and non-technical areas, from keeping research records to dealing with difficult people. It is steeped in chemical terminology and anecdotes based on situations common to chemists, and so brings something fresh to the area.
Fetzer himself stresses in the introduction that everyone works for themselves and that you can't rely on anyone else to control or shape your career. Having established this essential truth, Fetzer shares his many years of experience in a style that is reassuring and supportive.
Although more experienced chemists may find many of his points veer towards the 'obvious', younger scientists will find his insights on aspects such as conferences, collaboration and publishing invaluable in helping them understand how to be effective and have impact in the scientific community. For me, the book's real strength lies in these sections, with it acting as a virtual mentor, sharing experiences and advice.
The scope of the book is such that the individual topics can only be covered briefly, but as an experienced columnist, Fetzer captures the key points, which for most readers is all that is required. For example, scientists who are keen to develop their careers towards a management role will find the sections on dealing with others and working in and leading teams offer a practical summary of many management theories. The comprehensive bibliography points those interested to further information.
...The advice offered is universal and relevant to chemistry careers in the UK and internationally. I feel this book will have most value to chemists at the start of their careers as it distils many years on experience into straightforward tips on being an effective scientist. However, anyone seeking guidance or support for their professional life will find much of value in Fetzer's encouraging and constructive book.
Sara Shinton, Chemistry World, Vol. 1, No. 12, December 2004"Career Management for Chemists provides ample, common-sense guidance on the key topics such as resumes and CVs, staying driven and current, personal skills and traits networking, teamwork and leadership, speaking and listening, writing research papers, behavior and rewards. ... reflects not only his long professional experience but also his insight that, especially in today's changing workplace, expectations and strategies for career management require constant reevaluation." (cpp 2005, Issue no. 2, 2005)"A useful handbook for chemists at all levels and at all career stages. ... Not only are the chosen topics thought-provoking ... but consideration of such would be advantageous for any scientist to keep in mind while journeying through the years of a career. ... None of the career management books offers the combination of topics that Fetzer does, with the emphasis on one's career as a journey ... . would be useful for recent graduates ... ." (Mary B. Satterfield, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, March, 2005)"John Feltzer believes that to be a good scientist one needs more than just good technical knowledge and research skills. ... He explains how to achieve in technical area by keeping on learning; being part of a scientific community; writing and reviewing for journals; diversifying etc." (Book News on the Internet, January, 2005)"This is generally an almost exclusive view of the USA experience of science employment. ... Finding mentors (or being a mentor), how to deal with negative situations, learning not to fight a battle under your opponent's rules, how to avoid having one's ethics compromised by others, moving from "pure" science into management, are topics all covered in various chapters. ... A thorough reading, followed by regular re-reads as one's career develops, will almost certainly significantly enhance almost anyone's career pattern." (K. Jones, Chromatographia, Vol. 61(1-2), 2005)"This book has an incredibly broad scope and look