Career exploration for STEM PhDs and postdocs

    As you are looking at career options in different fields and industries, take advantage of these two resources to give you a solid foundation for your career exploration, and then speak to a career advisor to help you develop some appropriate next steps:

    1) myIDP

    2) Versatile PhD


    myIDP - A feature of the Science Careers AAAS website. myIDP provides exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values along with a list of more than 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interest. THe myIDP tool also has a useful tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track, together with articles and resources to guide you through the process

      Overview of the myIDP tool


      Self-assessment using myIDP


      Explore Science Careers using myIDP


      Set goals for Career success using myIDP


      The Versatile PhD

        The Versatile PhD is a web-based community dedicated to helping PhDs, ABDs and MAs apply their skills and interests in a wide variety of fields. Career Services is a founding subscriber and pays for student access to The Versatile PhD's premium content (Career Autobiographies, Hiring Success Stories and Archived Career Panels). To access the site, click on the link and use your PennKey and password. You will find the Versatile PhD linked at the end of the alphabetical list of online subscriptions.

        For more information on non-faculty careers, please click here.