Careers in Green Chemistry & Engineering that Advance the Circular Economy

Organizers: Mevan Dissanayake, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Rochester & Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists & Engineers (NESSE); Natalie J. O’Neil, Higher Education Program Manager, Beyond Benign & Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists & Engineers (NESSE)

This symposium is a dedicated informative session focused on the numerous career paths available to students under the general umbrella of green chemistry and engineering. Simultaneously, this symposium aims to demonstrate the benefits that a background knowledge in green chemistry and engineering has in the eyes of an employer. It is not uncommon for students involved in this community (and STEM fields in general) to be unaware of the value of their transferable experience, and the breadth of career options that are available to them after graduation. By assembling a series of career path examples, this symposium will directly address students’ ubiquitous question of what career options are available to them, and how they might go about pursuing them.

This careers symposium will provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about marketing their existing skills, particularly those that are unique to the green chemistry and engineering community as compared to their peers, and to discover the breadth of career options available to them. In addition, this careers-focused symposium will be intentionally composed of speakers that are willing to speak to students about careers, providing an additional networking opportunity for both the student attendees and the speakers themselves, especially from the perspective of potential employers. It is worth noting that although students are the target audience for this symposium, all audiences are welcome as this symposium could be similarly valuable to those further in their career paths who may find themselves unemployed or otherwise facing a change in employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.