Studying to become a scientist is a relatively straightforward process. But finding a career as a scientist can be a little more problematic. The standard academic positions are difficult to secure due to market saturation. Choosing a career outside academia, although becoming more common, can be intimidating due to a lack of mentoring advice or knowledge of alternative scientific careers options.
Enter myIDP, a tool designed to help early career scientists discover which career options are right for them. Developed by the AAAS IT Department, Science Careers and several partner organizations, this web application assists in the creation of an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to help scientists define and pursue their career goals. The biggest selling point for myIDP is the fact that it was designed by people with an intimate knowledge of scientific careers and the scientific career market.
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Podcast interview about myIDP with Jim Austin, editor of Science Careers