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Faculty alumnus helps launch career-planning tool for scientists

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Fall-Winter 2012 issue (pdf)

A new, interactive career planning tool has been developed by a Medical College of Wisconsin faculty member and alumnus, along with faculty and staff from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Philip S. Clifford, PhD ’85, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, worked with colleagues at FASEB and UCSF to create myIDP, the first and only online tool to help scientists prepare an individual development plan. myIDP helps graduate students and postdocs in the sciences develop a step-by-step plan for reaching their career goals.

myIDP provides trainees with: exercises to guide them through the process of assessing their career skills, interest, and values; an extensive list of resources for each of 20 common scientific career paths; and guidance on exploring career options and setting professional development goals. The application also allows users to keep track of their progress and provides automated reminders to help trainees meet their career goals and research project deadlines.

Access the tool at myidp.sciencecareers.org.

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