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Vitae Professional Development — it’s the course of YOUR life!
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Tuesday, January 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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. Expanding on that framework, myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences. We hope you find this tool useful, and welcome feedback about your experience.
Click here to learn more about the IDP process and using myIDP.
You have put a lot of time and effort into pursuing your PhD degree. Now it’s time to focus on how to leverage your expertise into a satisfying and productive career. An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.
- 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
There is no charge to use this site and we encourage you to return as often as you wish. To learn more about the value of IDPs for scientists, read the first article in our myIDP series.
About the Authors
Cynthia Fuhrmann, PhD recently transitioned from UCSF to the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she is Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She has years of experience directing programs in professional skills training and career preparation for doctoral students and postdocs in the sciences, and teaches workshops nationally on these topics. A former biochemist herself, her research interests now focus on improving the career development of scientists.
Jennifer Hobin, PhD is the Director of Science Policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). She is responsible for developing FASEB’s policy statements related to scientific training and career development and the research workforce. She has delivered numerous presentations and organized workshops for graduate students and postdocs on science policy careers and career and professional development topics.
Bill Lindstaedt serves as Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at UCSF. Since 2001, his career counseling practice has focused exclusively on clients who are PhD-level life scientists. He has developed particular expertise working with life scientists as they move from academic research positions toward careers in the biotech industry and other non-academic paths.
Philip Clifford, PhD is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He directs the Office of Postdoctoral Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is an outspoken advocate for professional development for postdoctoral scholars and a strong proponent of career planning for Ph.D. scientists.