Career Planning Resources and Links

"Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail."
- Charles F. Kettering

Career Planning Resources

Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows  - The Individual Development Plan outlines a planning process to help postdocs identify their short- and long-term career and professional development goals and serves as a tool to facilitate communication about these goals between postdocs and their mentors. NYU Postdocs are encouraged to produce an IDP to provide professional development needs and outline career objectives. IDP’s serve as an important communication tool between individuals and mentors, and can be used when discussing a postdoc’s development and goals during the annual performance assessment required by PI’s for their postdocs. Click here for a Sample Annual Review which serves as a model for conducting an annual review of training and professional progress and establishing a research and training plan for the future. Both documents were drafted by the FASEB and can be found online at

Self-Assessment and Self-Evaluation - helps you to identify your skills, interests, values and personal preferences in work environments. Self assessment and self-evaluation can assist you in developing career decision-making strategies and allow you to articulate your strengths in resumes and interviews. See below for some useful self-assessment and self-evaluation tools: 

Career Resources: Non-Academic Job Search

Resume Writing

Resume Writing

  • Interviewing Skills 

Social Media for Scientists

Networking and Professional Societies 

Career Articles and Links of Interest: 

Career articles of interest: