11 Jan 2016
Are you thinking about joining an SCI committee or becoming more involved with your Group? Becoming an active volunteer will create and strengthen your skills in networking, event planning, leadership, team work, budgeting and marketing. Serving on a committee allows you to interact with people from different backgrounds and experiences whilst building your confidence and credibility.
If you're still not sure if joining a committee is right for you, or you're not sure how you could balance voluntary activities around your current job or studies, then read the case studies below to gain a better understanding.
As Giuliamonica Leonardi (MAC and Biotechnology Technical Interest Group Committee) explains in her case study, being on a committee 'is like opening a window on the future at each meeting while adding a new line on your CV.'
If you'd like to get in touch with any of the people who have taken part in our case studies, or other committee members, you can do so via the Members' Directory (you will need to sign in to view)
- Kevin Blaxall - don't be afraid to express your view more
- Jessica Breen - opportunities for less experienced scientists more
- Marie Connor - promoting the chemical industry in an enjoyable way more
- Lee Dingwall - always keep a dynamic and open mind more
- Craig Duckham - be enthusiastic and don't underestimate people's enthusiasm more
- Martin Elliott - working with a wide network of organisations more
- Sue Grimbly - using social media to raise awareness of SCI more
- Lauren Joron – adding another dimension to your personal and professional life more
- Andy Kerrridge – keeping SCI relevant to the food sector more
- Giuliamonica Leonardi – what can be achieved in a year as an active member of SCI more
- George Okafo – helping others to learn more and building new contacts more
- Jade Owen – networking is really important and there are great opportunities for this more
- Barry Rossell – A long-term interest in fats more
- Claire Skipper – a good way to experience working with lots of different people more
- Callie Seaman – a friendly atmosphere that builds your network of contacts more
- Sharon Williams – striking a balance between work and volunteering with SCI more
- Tiffany Wood – gaining a sense of community in the chemical sciences in Scotland more