Next summer, our goal is for companies in the chemical industry to offer summer employment to even more young people and exceed this year’s Summer Job Counter figure by a significant margin.
The chemical industry employed an estimated 2,415 young people this summer. This figure is obtained from the Chemical Industry Association’s Summer Job Counter, where companies were able to report their estimated number of young people applying for summer jobs earlier this year.
During the past summer, we also published young people’s experiences of summer jobs through the “Summer in Chemistry” blog series. This year, we published 15 blog posts, which is significantly more than in previous summers. It’s great to see that summer employees want to share their experiences because they are extremely valuable to young people looking for summer jobs the following winter.
It’s also important for young people to receive positive examples of work experiences. Young Entrepreneurship and Economics NOW have emphasized in their 2022 and 2023 Youth Future Reports that young people need positive experiences in the working world. More and more young people are afraid that the working world is too tough or have heard from their parents about tough days, making positive examples even more valuable.
The blogs about summer jobs in the chemistry field describe how tasks have been diverse and versatile, young interns have been well received, onboarding has been excellent, and help has always been available when needed. The tasks have also been considered instructive and important for their own future. Such examples are significant and instill confidence in young people, both in their own skills and in the working world.
It’s important for companies to invest in summer employees and interns, and based on feedback, it seems that this is already happening. In the best-case scenario, a young person finds a future permanent job through a summer job, and the company gains an excellent employee. We can also influence how the working world is portrayed and encourage students to believe in themselves and that they will also enjoy their careers.
Next summer, our goal is for companies in the chemical industry to offer summer employment to even more young people and exceed this year’s Summer Job Counter figure by a significant margin. We want to encourage companies to hire even more interns, “Discover and Earn” summer interns, work-based learning interns, and to work towards making the chemical industry even more familiar and accessible as a field.
The goal of the Chemical Industry Association is to communicate more effectively about open summer job positions in our industry and to work towards ensuring that more and more young people find summer jobs, internships, and jobs in our field. Every young person and every positive work experience is important, and in this, we can push ourselves and each other even further.