Career & Professional Development Program

For Graduate Students & Postdocs

Plan Your Career

A. Career Planning step by step 

  1. Assess yourself – your skills, values, interests, and more
    • Formal assessments: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment is the best known and most widely used personality tool available today. Developed more than 50 years ago, the MBTI assists users in understanding individual differences and uncovering new ways to work and interact with others.
    • If you are interested in taking the MBTI assessment, register for the next available free MBTI workshop offered by Yeshiva University
    • Self-assessment: you can use the free Jung-Typology online test.
  2. Explore Career Options 
    • What are the career options for a PhD? You can research relevant industries, companies, positions, and various career paths by online searches, reading books/newspapers, talking to a professional in that field and using LinkedIn.
    • Schedule informational interviews to learn more about diverse career paths.
    • Don't forget to send Thank You notes after an informational interview.
  3. Make a Decision 
    • Discuss your options with your significant other/family and make a decision about which career/occupation you will pursue. (Think about criteria by which you evaluate your experiences and options.  Is it a long-term or short-term career goal?)

  4. Take Action 
    • What are the required qualifications?
    • Which qualifications do you have?
    • What do you still have to work on?
    • You might want to consider to volunteer/internships in your desired field for building networks and accumulating work experience.
  5. Reflect on the Process 
    • Is the career choice satisfying?
    • Is the career providing you what you expected?
    • Is it a good decision?

It is essential for your career and for your quality of life to go back to step one and repeat the process as needed. Download the 5-step career action plan worksheet HERE.

B. Career Planning using an online tool:

You can also work on an Individual Development Plan (IDP) available from Science Careers.



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