The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (Coschem) recently took part in a career day hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to inform students on the myriad job opportunities in the cosmetics, personal care and home care industries. These include research and development, process engineering, microbiology and biochemistry, quality, safety, safety, health and environmental technology, procurement and logistics, marketing and sales, legislation and compliance.
The Coschem booth was convened by Kirsten Scott from Wacker who is also the chair of the association’s PRO committee. She was joined by Lyndsay Calenborne, Coschem’s 2016 president; Kim MacCallum from Vantage Specialty Chemicals; Liezanne van der Walt from Cirebelle, and Ronald Makola from Amka.
‘BSc Chem and Chemical Engineering students have shown grown interest in the society and our industry,’ says van der Walt. ‘We’ve been discussing market trends and consumer preferences with them, as well as the Coschem diploma, industry happenings and the various job opportunities. Many students were of the impression that the only industry jobs were lab based yet we’re changing this perception through information sessions such as this.’
Apart from promoting the Coschem Facebook page, Scott also put together flyers on the society and its various activities, and the industry as a whole. These were handed out to the Wits students as well as an array of product samples sponsored by Amka and copies of various editions of SA Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review.
The flyers provided the students with comprehensive information on the society and how it supports its members. The Coschem diploma was also a key point of discussion on the day.
‘It’s important for us to drive knowledge and awareness of our society and career opportunities within our industry. These students are the future of our industry and hold its sustainability in their hands,’ says Scott. ‘The Wits career day provides Coschem with the perfect platform to connect with students on various levels.’