The cover story in the November 2, 2009, issue of Chemical & Engineering News focused on the job outlook for chemists, amid a bleak employment scene in almost all segments of the workforce. To put a human face on the statistics, the experiences of Marcel Madaras were featured: first as a research chemist for Kodak in Rochester, New York; laid off as photography transitioned from chemical to digital; pursuing an MBA to boost his marketability; and joining his wife in a move to St Louis, where she had taken a new position at Sensient Technologies.
Marcel put his networking skills to work, including attending St Louis Section board meetings and enlisting the help of career counselor Lisa Balbes, who was also quoted in the article. He has found, for now, a temporary contract position with Pepex Biomedical.
You can read the article on Marcel here.