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Exploration, Self-Assessment, Goal Setting

How do your interests and skills translate to a career choice? What do certain industries do? What steps do I need to take in order to reach my goals? Find the resources to help you explore your career choices here.



  • myIDP: Individual Development Plan for ScienceCareers
  • Transferable skills checklist from the University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Quick personality and Humanmetrics tests to learn your MBTI type (note: these free assessments can estimate your MBTI, but for the most accurate assessment, consider having the assessment done at the Psychological and Counseling Center)
  • Information about the MBTI personality types 
  • Career Trends: Finding Your Personal Job Chemistry by the AAAS
  • Versatile Ph.D.: use your VUnet ID and password to access the premium content of Versatile Ph.D., a web-based community for STEM and humanities disciplines where you can participate in discussions, network with Ph.D.s and ABDs outside the academy, or just listen and learn. The site has examples of successful resumes and cover letters that resulted in STEM Ph.D.s getting their first post-academic positions. There are also compelling narratives written by successful STEM Ph.D.s who have gone on to non-academics careers, describing how their careers have developed after grad school and where they are today. You may see in upcoming newsletters when Versatile Ph.D. will feature panel discussions on varied, helpful topics, all viewable via the web.

Goal Setting