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Your Questions About How To Find A New Career

Laura asks…

What career path is most suitable for me?

I got a B.A degree and working at a welfare organization. I want to change job but I’m not sure what career path should I take. I just know I really enjoy school and do well academically, especially in humanity and social science. I am an introvert and prefer work alone. What are the possible careers for me?

New Niche Finder answers:

A good thing for you to do would be to go to your local library and find a career book. It will list just about every job out there and tells everything from wage, hours, pros and cons of the career, number of expected openings / ease of finding a job in your state. It also has a couple paragraphs that describe what to expect in the job and what college courses need to be taken. I actually liked looking through the book, and it is how I chose my career.

Nancy asks…

How many Career cards do you pass out in LIFE twists and turns?

Instructions say distribute career cards evenly among players then set aside any remaining cards. My girl thinks it means we all get one random career card and pick front or back. I think it means we deal career cards evenly to each player until they are gone or they will not be equal (3 cards to each player in a 4 player game) in which we then choose out of 6 total career choices.

New Niche Finder answers:

If a player chooses Career, he takes the shorter path; at the end, he selects one occupation card and one salary card. If the selected Career card says “Degree Required”, he must draw another Career Card. The player continues the game with that specific career and salary unless another event affects him.

If a player chooses College, he must immediately take two Promissory Notes from the bank for tuition, and must take the longer path (which in this game is also more “dangerous” than the Career path.) However, at the end, he selects three Career cards and three Salary cards, and may choose one from each set after looking at them.

Maria asks…

How did you find a career after college?

Trying to find a career after college.

So far I’ve worked in the Restaurant Business, Entertainment Business and Supermarket Business.

Now I’ve finished college.

How do you know what job to take?

New Niche Finder answers:

What you have been studying in college? If you don’t know what kind of job you are should look for after graduating from college, you are really in trouble.

You should contact career center at your college and start over again.

Ken asks…

What are the education requirements for a career in medicinal chemistry?

I am considering a career in medicinal chemistry and am wondering what kind of requirements there are when it comes to education and training.

New Niche Finder answers:

A career in medicinal chemistry can cross many disciplines. You can be a synthetic chemist, who makes the compounds; a molecular modeler who designs potential drugs. You can rise to be a manager to supervises others who create drugs. The higher the level, the more you become interdisciplinary, needing to be conversant with toxicology, pharmacology and biology.

But you rarely interact in universities in a multi-disciplinary manner. Professors tend to guard their turf, so you gain that broadened experience in industry.

Few will get into medicinal chemistry other then bench synthesis, with only a BS degree or even a MS degree. But resourceful persons can use that experience to rise in levels, depending on the company.

So a well rounded chemistry BS degree is the starting point. Going into graduate school, you want to work in organic synthesis, most often natural product synthesis.

A drug company will be impressed if you have synthesized complex natural products; not if you determined the quantum mechanical basis for a Friedel Crafts reaction.

But I will clue you in on a secret. Making a real life drug means a few steps using simple reagents. So knowing how to do a 20 step synthesis requiring precise conditions of control, and exotic reagents and exotic conditions will help you understand chemistry, but you are not likely to actually use those reactions in industry.

Lizzie asks…

What is the name of a specific science career that deals with classification?

What is the name of a specific science career that deals with classification? Also, what would a person in this field be required to do?

New Niche Finder answers:

Taxonomy is the science of classifying organisms into groups by structure, origin, common ancestor, etc. You would need to get a Ph.d in a biology related field and become an expert on a particular form of life (species)…I have not heard of any careers that allow one to classify across species…except possibly paleontologists who classify dinosaur bones.

You would be working in either a university or museum setting most likely. Teaching and research on your specialty would take up most of your time. You might be doing field work during breaks in university sessions.

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