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PhDs & Postdocs: Assess

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As a PhD student or postdoctoral scholar, the first step in pursuing a career of meaning and purpose is to know yourself. What are your skills and strengths? What are your interests? How do you define meaningful, purposeful work? What type of impact do you want to make in your career? We look forward to working with you as you reflect and begin your journey.

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Navigating Career Uncertainty

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Navigating Career Uncertainty is a five-session program for PhDs and postdocs that is offered each quarter. Over five weeks, you will take assessments to help you understand what's important to you, complete activities that give valuable insight into the world of work, and define the next steps on your professional journey. 

Check Handshake for upcoming Navigating Career Uncertainty offerings.

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CareerEd Self-Assessment Tools    

You have access to a number of assessment tools. Our career coaches can work with you to complete the following assessments: the Meaningful Work Kit, Clifton Strengths, Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Strong Interest Inventory. If you’re interested in an assessment, please schedule a coaching appointment on Handshake to get started.

 Learn about Self-Assessment Tools

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Additional Assessment Tools

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myIDP is a free career-planning resource for PhDs and postdocs in the sciences. Assess your skills, interests, and values and identify career paths that align with your preferences.

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Imagine PhD

Imagine PhD is a free, comprehensive career exploration resource for PhDs and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences. There are three self-assessments–skills, values, and interests–and explore a dozen industries that align with your preferences.

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