Faculty member helps launch career-planning tool for scientists
Sept. 06, 2012 College News - A new interactive career planning tool developed by a Medical College of Wisconsin faculty member, along with faculty and staff from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), will be available online beginning Sept. 7. A beta version is available now.
Philip S. Clifford, PhD, 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.
FASEB recognizes the challenges the early career scientists face, particularly in the current economic environment.
“The tools and resources provided through myIDP will be valuable to all research trainees, whether they are pursuing a tenure track position in academia, a research career in industry, or one of the many other career options for which scientists are well-suited,” said Judith S. Bond, PhD, FASEB president.
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.