Alternative Forms of Employment for the Scientific Professional
Monday, March 1st, 2010
05:00 - 07:00 PM Room: 311E

Robert L Stevenson

Today, technical professionals work in an environment with low job security. Plus employers and the government are reducing support for retirement, including delaying eligibility dates. Many will need supplemental income. Fortunately, our society needs and values technically trained individuals for short term projects. So there is a supply of talent and a need. From your view point, the problem is finding opportunities that work for you. Your search will be quicker, if you know what you are looking for and where to find it.
Today’s scientists and engineers face a job market with numerous opportunities for short term work and earnings. Generally these include short term employment and consulting. The co-facilitators of this session will describe and contrast consulting and short-term employment. The latter will also be compared to “private contractor” etc. with a particular focus on the 20 questions developed by the IRS.
Also, the facilitators will address specific topics including:
Optimizing your personal needs with realities of short term employment or consulting
Finding potential opportunities that match your skills (Targeting).
Finding employers or clients
Compensation or fee schedule
Planning including estimating start-up expenses for consulting