SKILLS REQUIRED BY CORPORATE LABS
XYZZYX at DELPHI.COM
XYZZYX at news.delphi.com
Sun Mar 5 01:31:15 EST 1995
betts at ORION.ETSU.EDU (GORDON BETTS) writes:
>This note is primarily directed to corporate-types involved in the fields of
>research/development. Students frequently come to me asking just what
>skills they need to enter the job market. I can tell them a lot of skills
>they need, but I'm an academic-type, not a real-world person. I also need
>some ammunition from you that I can show administrators. They are even more
>isolated from the real world than I am and think a student can get any job
>in the world simply by flashing their diploma. WRONG! Some info that would
>help me (and others I'm sure) would include:
Well, I'm a "corporate type". I'll try to help you out a bit. I've been
involved in protein chemistry/biochemistry/pharmaceutical chemistry, etc.
I agree, a lot of kids get out of school with a BS (or an MS, orPhD for
that matter) and really do feel that even thoujgh they are relatively
clueless, we somehow ought to find it in our hearts to hire them.
I feel that useable skills are somewhat underemphasized in our universities.
>1. Specific types of equipment you use.
pH meters, electrodes of all sorts, conductivity meters, HPLC, low
pressure (FPLC), concentrators, centrifuges, fermenters, GC's, Mass
Specs., electrophoresis, etc.
>2. Specific types of skills.
Statistical analysis, analytical chemistry, experimental design,
microbiology, protein chemistry, etc.
>3. Notes on types of training you would like to see in the person with a
>4. SOB stories on training/expenses required to get a new employee with
>little experience up to speed in your labs.
Too many to list here.
>5. Ideas on how to solve these problems.
>6. Anything else I haven't thought of.
>Your assistance and ideas are greatly appreciated.
>East Texas State University
>Commerce, TX 75429-3011
>Life is like a bowl of stew, you need to stir things up once in a while so
>the scum doesn't rise to the top.
> Author unknown
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