Chemistry, arguably the toughest of the physical science courses, and perhaps the widest, can be such a tough puzzle choosing a career from its myriads of options, however, with careful examination of the individual interest and experience garnered, you can easily choose whatsoever career path to thread been a Chemist.
The need for this post is due to the frequent questions I’ve been opportuned to address for a while now. So I hope this post help someone defines his/her career path.
Chemist as defined by the Institute of Chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON): “is a person who, having obtained the requisite academic qualifications and satisfied the criteria set by the institute’s Governing Council has been formally inducted into and enrolled in the register of ICCON. An intending member of the Institute should possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Chemistry or Chemistry – related discipline, e.g. Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Science Laboratory Technology (Chemistry Option), Science Education (Chemistry Option), Chemical Engineering etc”.
That been said, what becomes of your qualification thereafter? If you’ve studied any of the courses listed above, I’m 💯% sure you’ve had one on two Industrial exposure during your degree program, if your answer is yes, yes, then that leads us to the effectiveness of your Industrial attachment. This is where most students miss it – you undermine the SIWES program which should not just be the foundation to your career but an integral scheme that gives you an insight into your career options and help you define your career field (I’ve found out that 85% of career oriented people often first reach out to their Industrial Attachment placement for possible employment).
Chemistry, as a discipline, does not just limit one to the laboratory, it avails its enthusiasts with a wide range of career positioning ranging from Quality Assurance, analytical chemist, production superintendent, clinical scientist, water treatment specialist, consultants, and so on, in different sectors such as agrochemicals, petrochemicals, metallurgical, government and scientific research organization, medicine, pharmaceutical, plastics and polymer, cosmetics and toiletries, food and beverages industries as well as education.
Having known what options are available, you must believe in yourself and be steadfast in your choosen career because unlike politics, cross-carpeting doesn’t pay. Search for organizations that fit your career choice, apply (either as a staff or volunteer), keep improving yourself by acquiring knowledge relating to your field (search of necessary standards and certification)
Choose a job you love but choose the right path and don’t forget that continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field. May I wrap it up with the very opulent words of Mahatma Gandhi “The future depends on what you do today“.
Chemistry – recreates nature!!!