Presenting MyIDP

On October 5, 2012 by Grad Forum

Many graduate students wonder what their career options are, as they spend hours researching. Now there is a free online tool to help science graduate students explore possibilities and set goals to pursue a career path that best fits their skills and interests.

This past summer, I attended the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) conference at Princeton University. Two of my colleagues, Bill Lindstaedt and Cynthia Fuhrmann from University of California, San Francisco presented MyIDP (my individual development plan), an interactive web based tool they co-created with Phil Clifford from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Jennifer Hobin from Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). This new tool helps science graduate students and postdocs set and achieve long-term career goals by asking them to assess their skills and interests, and then suggesting possible careers options for them.

I am happy to announce that MyIDP is now up and running and available for Dartmouth graduate students to start using. This is a great way for graduate students to start thinking about what they want to do after graduate school and what they need to do while in graduate school to successfully reach their goals.

MyIDP has strong support from funding agencies such as the NIH, which encourages graduate students to initiate individual development plans. Dean of Graduate Studies, F. Jon Kull remarked  “all science graduate students should use this tool, starting when they first enter graduate school.” Graduate students’ and postdocs’ responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Since last week, 10,000 users have registered at the site and begun to complete an IDP!

As part of the launch, an editorial was published in Science Magazine today, written by Bruce Alberts, Editor-in-Chief of Science, and Jim Austin, Editor of

by Kerry Landers

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