Professional Development

The Individual Development Plan (IDP): The IDP is both a document and a process.  It is a process via the website, where you can view career descriptions that match your interests and expertise, and develop short-term goals for building new skills. In document form, it is an organized list of your professional goals for your given stage (for instance, what you hope to accomplish at your current post-doc position). The IDP is designed to being upon the completion of your PhD and continue throughout your career.

The National Post-Doctoral Association: The NPA is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization that seeks sustainable change and improvement for the postdoctoral experience through collaboration with all stakeholders. Their mission is to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting enhanced research training and a culture of enhanced professional growth to benefit scholarship and innovation.

The Post-Doc Journal: This newly-established journal includes the Journal of Postdoctoral Research and the Journal of Postdoctoral Affairs. Both journals are international peer-reviewed monthly online publications providing an exclusive platform to showcase the contributions of postdoctoral researchers. The journal also houses a jobs board.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle has more than 70 writers, editors, and international correspondents and is the leading source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It houses articles, editorials, blogs and advice related to the academic world, and also includes a job board for academic listings.

Job Hunting

Science Careers: Managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, which publishes the journal Science), this page houses a jobs board for all levels in and out of academia. There are also helpful articles for navigating the job market and making yourself a more competitive job candidate.

New York Academy of Sciences Career Development: The NYAS Career Development page hosts informational videos on all types of career paths following the completion of your PhD. It also houses the Science Alliance, which offers networking a professional development opportunities in career leadership, field-specific training, and innovation.

The Versatile PhD: Geared specifically towards non-academic career trajectories, the Versatile PhD offers descriptions and advice for numerous PhD level careers in social and natural sciences. To access many features, one must be affiliated with a member organization. Kansas State University is a subscribing member, so post-docs in STEM and HSS fields can access full content.

Life in Academia and Beyond

Tenure, She Wrote: This blog is run by a group of female professors at various stages in the tenure track career path. In their own words, the blog is “devoted to chronicling the (mis)adventures of women in academia” and covers such topics as career advice,  opinions on the state of women in academia, mentoring, starting a lab, being a disabled academic, and institutional sexism.

From PhD to Life: This blog, managed by an academic and career coach, helps guide academics through every stage of the process, from completing your dissertation, to successfully transitioning into a career.

Tomorrow’s Professor: This blog is geared towards the faculty career, and covers such topics as teaching, mentorship, academic writing, and work-life balance.

The Professor is In: This blog is run by Dr. Karen Kelsky, who gives a no-holds-barred view of her 15 years of experience in academia and her advice for those still in the trenches. Her Pearls of Wisdom blog focuses on academic job market, academic life and politics, general professionalization skills related to writing, publishing, conferencing, networking, and scholarly comportment, and the tenure process. It’s Ok to Quit analyzes the reasons and anxiety behind leaving the academic career path. The Peer Editing forum allows academics to give and receive feedback on CVs, cover letters, teaching and research statements, and other writing samples.