My Individual Development Plan, or myIDP, is like a Harry Potter Sorting Hat for PhD scientists and career paths. Take three short assessments on skills, interests, and values, and myIDP will triumphantly announce to all of Hogwarts (ok…just to you, on your computer) your career matches. The algorithm uses ratings by career advisors to calculate match scores based on your self-assessment for over 60 different career paths within 20 different career categories.
Here’s a look at my top 5 matches:
(If you take the assessment and are comfortable sharing your results, post them in the comment section below!)
myIDP has even more to offer:
The career matching assessment is just one component of a Career Exploration toolkit that includes: resource lists of helpful articles, books, and websites for each career match; tips on networking, informational interviews, and attending events and workshops; and a personal log where you can keep track of your interviews and events.
I found the resource lists most helpful. For example, I was pretty surprised by my match to sales and marketing, and realized I don’t actually know what that kind of career entails. The resource tab pointed me to a number of personal accounts from science sales and marketing professionals, which helped me decide that it’s probably not the best match for me.
Once you have ideas of career paths you’d like to pursue, myIDP helps you generate and monitor goals in career advancement, skills, and projects. There is also a section on the site to keep a record of people you consider mentors.
myIDP is the most comprehensive and individualized career planning tool I have found so far. I highly recommend checking it out, whether you are brand new to grad school and feel years away from making career decisions, or are on the brink of graduating and have your next steps planned.