Find your career path using Science Careers myIDP
As a graduate student, you are spending intensive time and effort pursuing your Ph.D. degree, but it's never too early to focus on how to leverage your expertise into a career by using Science Careers Individual Development Plan called myIDP. This unique, web-based career-planning tool is tailored to meet the needs of Ph.D. students and postdocs in the sciences, and will help you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that best fits you.
The Individual Development Plan (IDP) concept is commonly used in industry to help employees define and pursue their career goals. In 2003, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) proposed an IDP framework for postdoctoral fellows in the sciences.
- Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
- A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
- A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
- Articles and resources to guide you through the process
This service is free and only requires you to register an account. To start an account, please click here. Once you have registered, we strongly encourage you to start the assessments of skills, interests and values in order to discover which career path would best suit you. (These items are located under the second heading in the left-hand column.)
To learn more about the value of IDPs for scientists, read this article about the myIPD series.