Professor Molenium

Convince Your Boss!

Blog Post created by Professor Molenium on Jul 15, 2014

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If you’re itching to travel to San Francisco present a strong case with your attendee proposal packet {PDF]. Outline how this professional gathering will make you a more productive employee and help your company boost that "bottom line". Don’t get tied up in nuanced rhetoric, like mentioning scientific inspiration, making yourself more marketable, or attending cool networking functions. Take the shot, you’ll have much to gain and less to lose. Here are my thoughts:

Talk to your boss. Write a brief proposal to let her know your reason for wanting to attend the national meeting(s) in science. Let her know how you’ll benefit from workshops, panels, and lectures. How this connects to your job responsibility and industry. “The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information.”  In addition, networking is also a great way to connect with people who share common interests.

Developing a network of colleagues in a non-competitive environment impedes the challenges you may deal with on the job. These challenges are so industry specific, building a group of professional contacts can offer insight and can be the key to success in your career and contributions to your company. So take advantage of professional development opportunities by attending workshops.

Finally, with technology in a constant state of influx, science shows no boundaries.  So state your case! Tell your boss you want to take advantage of all the great things being offered from exhibitors around the globe showcasing their new technologies. 

  So share your passion for chemistry and ignite enthusiasm for the next generation of scientists. See you there!  

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