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The Individual Development Plan (IDP)

A tool for setting strategic goals and making a plan

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Graduate students spend intensive time and effort pursuing their PhD degree. It is never too early for them to focus on how to leverage their expertise into a career by using an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Modeled after the Science Careers Individual Development Plan (myIDP), our unique, web-based career-planning tool is tailored to meet the needs of our graduate students, and will help them to self-assess skills, interests and values, while crafting a plan and setting goals to follow the career path that best fits them.

Current students can click here to start the survey, which should take about 30-45 minutes to finish.

National Research Mentoring Network

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To find potential subject matter mentors, we encourage our students to join the Rush Graduate College National Research Mentoring Network group on NRMN’s MyNRMN networking platform. MyNRMN is a powerful social networking platform for students and researchers across the biomedical, behavioral, social, and clinical sciences to connect with one another for anything from general questions about research and professional development as a scientist to scheduling more formal mentorship appointments one-on-one or as a group.

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