Chemraderie – February 2021

Hi there!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Simon; a RACI mentee for the second year, an intern at ARETE Labs, and a commencing Honours student at Sydney Uni.
This year I’ve decided to try and regularly blog about the RACI mentoring program, to help everyone feel a little more connected in this world of online networking

RACI just held its first Chemraderie event of the year! A casual online networking night held once a month and open to anyone interested!
In 3 “breakout-room” sessions, I had a great variety of chats:

Room1- I enjoyed some chuckles as we navigated the multi-Matt situation, and we also exchanged some awesome advice for landing any job!
What advice would you give someone struggling to find a new role?

Room2- I got to chat about the importance of networking, even when jobs are advertised! With both a relatively early career chemist and a chemist coming to the end of his professional carer (but not the end of his involvement in the chemistry community!)
Although both chemists had a very different background, their advice was quite similar! Can you guess what it was?

Room3- For an unusual twist I was one of the more senior chemists in the chatroom of 4 students!
Miranda and I shared our journeys to the internships we’re both enjoying with ARETE! It was a great twist to feel like more of a mentor than a mentee for a while!

A big thanks to everyone involved for making this Chemraderie another interesting networking event!

If you want to hear more about my experience or share your own experience, feel free to contact me or comment!

Simon Robson, 2021 RACI Mentee