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Students in the biomedical sciences can use the skills, interests, and values assessments available through the free online myIDP tool hosted by Science Careers. Other STEM students may find these assessments useful as a way to reflect on their skills, interests, and values as well. Students in Chemistry and other physical sciences disciplines can take advantage of the ChemIDP tool available through the American Chemical Society.

Leverage the skills, interests, and values assessments offered in the free online ImaginePhD tool, hosted by the Graduate Career Consortium. Students in Psychology may want to consult the American Psychological Association’s Resource for Individual Development Plans as well.

To assess my interests, use journaling or another reflection technique to keep track of the tasks I do each day and how much I enjoy each one.

Use the online Life Values Inventory to assess my values and actions. The tool and report are free.

Take advantage of Duke University Career Center online resources for Self-Inquiry.

Use the free Keirsey Temperament Sorter II assessment report to gain insight into the values I might seek in a career.  If desired, debrief this assessment through an individual appointment with a Duke Career Center Graduate Career Advisor.

Participate in events focusing on self-awareness; see The Graduate School's professional development calendar for upcoming offerings.

Schedule an individual advising appointment with Duke Career Center counseling staff specializing in working with graduate students or meet with an advisor during drop-in hours.

Students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences can set up advising appointments with Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom through the Versatile Humanists @ Duke initiative.

Use campus resources such as Counseling and Psychological Services to help assess my values. CAPS offers self-help resources, workshops and discussions, and services for students that may be of help.

Talk with faculty  about my interests and skills and seek advice about career opportunities.

Talk with more advanced graduate students and postdocs in my department or program about career opportunities that fit with my knowledge, skills, and values.

Explore online profiles of professionals who work in fields of interest on LinkedIn, or see what kinds of career opportunities are available for professionals with the degree you’re seeking. For more information on how to use LinkedIn as a career research tool, consult the Duke Career Center’s resources for leveraging LinkedIn as a complement to the Duke Alumni Network.

Talk with alumni about career opportunities. Connect using the Duke Alumni Network. The Career Center Graduate Services Team can help with research, strategy, and messaging. Make an individual advising appointment online at or visit drop-in advising.

Students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences can set up advising appointments with Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom through the Versatile Humanists @ Duke initiative.

Schedule an individual advising appointment with Duke Career Center counseling staff specializing in working with graduate students or meet with an advisor during drop-in hours.

Explore the Versatile PhD CareerFinder tool. Reading the General Information about a career path provides a broad overview; Real-Life Examples illustrate individual career journeys. The Graduate School’s subscription provides free access to graduate students; authenticate as a Duke user the first time you enter VersatilePhD to access the full range of Versatile PhD resources.

Read books such as So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius. For more recommendations of books relevant to PhDs exploring broad career options, see this Inside Higher Ed piece.

Use the myIDP assessment to explore connections between my knowledge and skills and possible career opportunities. While this tool is designed for the biomedical sciences, it may be of interest to other STEM disciplines. ChemIDP may also be of interest to those in Chemistry and other physical sciences disciplines.

Explore job families that align with my skills and interests in the free online ImaginePhD tool. If I’m in Psychology, I might also explore the APA’S Resource for Individual Development Plans.

Join the Duke postdoc listserv to learn more about the fellowships, job openings, and engagement opportunities open to me. All members of the Duke community may subscribe to the Duke postdoc list.