Over the past decade nearly 5,000 voluntary roles have been undertaken by IChemE members to advance chemical engineering worldwide. Each year IChemE estimates its members' voluntary activity is valued in excess of £6 million which is an achievement we should all be proud of.
If you've never volunteered before, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Read on to find out about the various roles of offer, or view our volunteer roles summary table.
What could I do?
Inspire school students to choose a career in chemical engineering as a whynotchemeng volunteer, or become a MediaEnvoy and present chemical engineering to society through the media.
Write consultation responses; current news articles for The Chemical Engineer; or technical articles for journals.
Membership; regional member groups; special interest groups; awards. These groups/functions all have committees.
Review applications and supporting technical reports; reviewing university accreditation; reviewing technical articles submitted to journals; editing a special interest group or member group website or newsletter.
Undertake member grade transfer interviews.
Organise anything from a social networking event, site visit, or one day technical seminar, up to a multi-day conference.
Mentor early career engineers.
Please contact IChemE with details of which volunteer roles/s you're interested in, and a member of the relevant department will be in touch shortly.
Do I need to be a member of IChemE? Do I need to be prominent in my field of work?
Some roles require a volunteer to be a member, and some require the volunteer to be a prominent expert within their academic or industrial field. However you can get involved as a non-member, and at an early stage in your career when you are a student.
How much time do I need to commit?
The time involved in volunteering is related to the type of work. Some roles such as those involving committees have a regular meeting schedule with committee papers and actions through the year. The work of interviewers, authors, ambassadors or assessors can be more ad-hoc.
What are the benefits?
All activities offer you the opportunity to network with other professionals and to develop your personal skills. Some roles have a higher degree of reliance on technical expertise than others, whereas some rely heavily on enthusiasm.
Depending on the role, benefits of volunteering can include:
- improved communication, coaching, interview or presentations skills
- technical networking
- CPD (a requirement for Chartered Chemical Engineers)
- sharing your knowledge and experience with the next generation
- increasing the value of your membership
- publicity for you/your company/your research
- personal satisfaction