Career Development

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Self-Assessment and Goal Setting 

Self-assessment can be used to help postdocs understand their own abilities, determine career possibilities, and set professional development objectives. The Individual Development Plan (IDP) one such tool that be used to assess career options and set short-term and long-term goals. IDPs can also be a valuable communication tool when used between postdoc and mentor as a means to discuss goals. Postdocs are strongly encouraged to fill out an IDP and review it with their mentor annually.

Let’s start your new adventure by reading an article "Making the Most of Your Postdoc" – from The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

  • myIDP – A free, web-based tool that was created by AAAS and Science Careers to help scientists explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits best.
    • myIDP provides:
    • 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; and
    • Articles and resources to guide you through the process.
    • ImaginePhD – A free, online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences
      users are able to:
      • assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
      • explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
      • map out steps for degree completion alongside career and professional development

      Developed by GCC member experts from over 50 universities, ImaginePhD offers a unique platform that teaches PhDs about popular job sectors, search strategies, and how to transfer skills across settings. Like the related GCC member project myIDP, with 100,000+ users, ImaginePhD has the potential to transform PhD career planning.

    • National Postdoctoral Association Resources
    • Self-Assessment Resources – from the Medical College of Wisconsin Virtual Career Center
    • Skills Portal for Researchers – from Cambridge University

Professional Development 

Clemson University is working hard to develop a variety of opportunities to enhance the postdoctoral career and professional development. Our Graduate school works with the CUPDA and the Clemson University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to identify professional and career development needs. We encourage all postdoctoral scholars to actively engage in professional development opportunities to compliment your research training throughout your career at Clemson University.

For more information on Professional Development events and workshops, visit the GRAD360 events page.