Resource of the Week: Science careers and individual development plans

Screenshot of a cartoon on the website homepage: man in lab coat, holding clipboard with checklist, looks up with surprised expression at a "which way to go" road marker with thirteen different career option signs pointing in different directions. Options range from research and biotech to sales writing and startup.

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According to their website, “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
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process”

myIDP is hosted by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science. myIDP is sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the University of California-San Francisco, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.