Article by: Kelly Dobos
Every year I take some time to write down goals for the coming year. Putting them down on paper makes them real and ensures that I make plans to achieve them or modify them as the year progresses. This year I felt inspired to write down a few goals for cosmetic chemists and scientists, these are my wishes for the industry.
1. Get involved. A group of educators, science and engineering professionals, and many others have launched a new initiative to reinvigorate science and math education in the nation’s schools. Our products touch the lives of students in many ways so we are in a great position to communicate science in way that’s tangible. Visit National Lab Day to see how you can get involved. Other associations like the American Chemical Society support events for National Chemistry Week and more. It’s easy to get involved and the feeling you get from making a difference is worth the effort.
2. Play. Let your creativity run wild. Scientists are often left out of the loop in product concept brainstorms. Let’s change that. Discover new product vehicles, combinations of ingredients, and other unexpected results by setting aside some time, maybe just an hour on Friday afternoons to experiment or research something that interests you. Don’t forget to escape the office cubicle for inspiration. Nature, art museums, shopping malls, etc. can provide a more enlivening environment where you might uncover some.
3. Take a Class. Challenge yourself to learn about a topic you may not be familiar with, cosmetic science or otherwise. You never known what you will learn and it might prove incredibly useful. For example, I just had an eye-opening course in microbiology in the University of Cincinnati’s Cosmetic Science program. And I’m planning to take some classes at a culinary institute this coming year; one involves de-boning and entire chicken (wish me luck!). The choice is up to you. Just keep learning.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
What are your goals for the upcoming year? Leave a comment below and let us know.