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Planning Your Path to a Satisfying Career Workshop Series

Planning Your Path flyer thumbnailPlanning Your Path to a Satisfying Career is a workshop on career planning held regularly by Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development. This guided workshop will help graduate students and postdocs develop strategies for professional growth by:


  • Learning strategies to explore a range of careers
  • Identifying interests and skills relevant to their career goals
  • Developing an action plan to strengthen skills and pursue their ideal career
  • Preparing or expanding their Individual Development Plan (IDP)

We  also offer complementary workshops on skills for implementing your career plan. 





How To Articles on the IDP:

Self-Assessment Tools

  • SBU Self-Study Questions: A narrative self-assessment tool that allows the trainee to take a qualitative view of his/her skills, interests, and progress, without judging those skills on an absolute scale.
  • myIDP: myIDP offers an interactive self-assessment tool for quantitatively evaluating one's skills and interests and can help connect the trainee with new career path ideas and resources. 
  • chemIDP is another self-assessment and career planning tool developed online by the American Chemical Society.
  • imaginePhD includes a self-assessment, tools for researching a range of careers, and an online tool for career planning intended for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • ScienSelfie: A tool developed by Beth Schachter for determining your type of scientist based on where your strengths lie. It can help inform the type of career path you may pursue. Schachter, B. 2014. "Looking for a New Career Path? First, Articulate Your Professional Story." ASCB Newsletter. July 2014. 10.
  • NPA Postdoctoral Core Competencies: The National Postdoctoral Association established a series of core competencies for scholars that provide a framework for identifying continuing training opportunities. You can use the checklist to identify areas for improvement.

Other formal assessment tools are available online or at the Career Center that can help you identify your personality type and career interests, for example, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Strong Interest Inventory. 


Other Development Tools

  • AAMC Postdoc Compact: A tool for communicating mentoring expectations for both postdoc and supervisor/advisor/PI, often used at the start of a postdoc appointment. 
  • PhD Career Ladder: An easily adaptable model for a peer support group for structured career exploration activities. Web site includes model agenda and activities for getting your group started.
  • Versatile PhD: A career resource for PhDs in social sciences, humanities, and science fields, which includes tips on job search documents for various PhD-level jobs as well as periodic online "panel" discussions with career professionals in a range of career sectors.