Career Development Resources


Individual Development Plan

  • Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Scholars as Adopted by Florida State University
  • myIDP, an interactive web-based tool that helps postdocs in the sciences examine their skills, interests, and values

Mentoring and Annual Review Forms

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) and Preparing Future Professional (PFP) Programs


Useful Career Building Textbooks

"2018 Career Handbook" by Science Careers, from the Journal Science. 

"The Complete Guide to Writing Effective & Award-Winning Grants: Step-by-Step Instructions" by Dianne Harris

"From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor" by Steven M. Cahn

"How the NIH Can Help You Get Funded: An Insider's Guide to Grant Strategy" by Michelle L. Kienholz

"Making the Right Moves - A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty" You may click here for the online version or write to Debra Fadool at to arrange to get a copy of the book.

"A PhD Is Not Enough!: A Guide to Survival in Science" by Peter J. Feibelman

"Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering" by Richard M. Reis

"Advancing Postdoc Women Guidebook" by the National Postdoctoral Association. Janet Bandows Koster (Women in Science, Executive Director & CEO) and Cynthia L. Simpson (Women in Science, Chief Business Officer) are contributing authors. 

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