You've done your research, created a network, and beefed up your resume. Now it's time to hit the job market. The list below shows some organizations that often recruit IU graduates from physical science majors. This list also shows some organizations where recent physical science graduates have gone to work. Remember that an education in these majors can prepare you for a number of careers.
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- Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. - Global Environment positions
- Ohio State University Stone Laboratory - Research positions
- Cargill - Chemist positions
- Gilchrist & Soames - Chemist positions
- Circle-Prosco, Inc. - Laboratory positions
- DuPont - Commercial Development positions
- Dow AgroSciences - Chemist positions
- State of Indiana - Chemist positions
- Cook Pharmica - Chemistry positions
- Eastman Chemical Company - Chemist positions
- Clariant - Research and Development positions
Job Search Sites
These sites post jobs that relate directly to journalism, media, and communication. Remember to use these sites in addition to your network of people to maximize your chance of finding good opportunities. Many of the professional associations listed in the Meet People tab will post industry-specific jobs. Look for a page titled "careers," "jobs," "employment," or "opportunities."
Keywords for Job Search
As you use the web to search for more opportunities, get creative with the search terms you use. Try the list below to maximize your results.
Organization & Company Research Resources
When you're preparing for a job interview, it pays to do your research. Use the resources here to learn about an organization's history, business, and culture. Once you have a good understanding of what the company's about, formulate a list of questions to ask during your interview. This will show your interviewer that you're genuinely interested in the job and give you a deeper understanding of what to expect if you're hired.
Common Interview Questions
Interviews can vary from one industry to another. Remember, interviewers are trying to assess your experience and your fit for a specific position, so depending on the position, your questions will vary greatly. This is a small sample of questions designed to help you understand the kind of field-specific questions you might be asked.
- What is the most important scientific concept that will help you in your role in the position with our company?
- Concept specific question based on position, e.g. why can you skate on ice but not glass?
- Explain how you apply the scientific method to your work and research.
- Consider starting out at a staffing agency. Many large corporations outsource projects to them and then eventually hire on those who prove themselves.
- Corporations commonly hire temps from Lancaster Laboratories, Adecco, Aerotek, and Lab Support, to name a few.