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Individual Development Plan


Why do you need an Individual Development Plan?
Whether you are in your first year of graduate school or well into your postdoctoral fellowship, it is never too late to start thinking about your career goals. A PhD in the life sciences prepares you for many different career options in and outside of research. An Individual Development Plan can help you assess your strengths and weaknesses and align your career development activities with your short- and long-term goals.

What do you have to do?

What it takes is a serious assessment of your abilities and some frank discussions with a variety of mentors. From the moment you start your PhD program, you should be looking for potential mentors in addition to your PhD advisor. 

The following resources can help you evaluate your work and plan for your future career:

Both resources provide a flexible format that is easily adaptable for different individuals and unique situations. They provide significant guidance to assist your personalized professional development needs.


Remember also that if your career plans begin to include options that fall outside your mentor’s area of expertise, perhaps it is time to add to your list of possible mentors. ASHG membership comprises individuals from numerous careers ranging from basic research to law and everything in between.  


What else can you do?


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