About DiscoverPD, ImaginePhD, myIDP, & Aurora

This document provides an overview of four key career planning and professional development resources, as well as resources to promote them to graduate students.

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For:  UW-Madison master’s and doctoral students, all disciplines and degree levels, all career paths

DiscoverPD is a competencies framework and planning tool for University of Wisconsin-Madison master’s and doctoral students.  Features include:

a skills self-assessment and activity tracker,
customized reports and professional development recommendations, and 
a database of 400+ in-person and online opportunities.

The framework outlines skills, competencies, and attributes developed through graduate study.  It helps student identify and articulate their transferable skills, and provides scaffolding to plan professional development activities and write an Individual Development Plan (IDP). It is informed by national and disciplinary reports about graduate student professional development and career outcomes, and was developed with input from UW-Madison faculty, students, and staff.

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The DiscoverPD promo pack is available at uwmadison.box.com/v/DiscoverPD.  Contents include materials to print, email templates, social media posts, graphics, and more.



For:  Doctoral students, humanities and social sciences, all career paths

ImaginePhD is a career exploration and Individual Development Plan tool for the humanities and social sciences.  It is a free online resource that facilitates career exploration by inviting users to evaluate and reflect on their own skills, values and interests and to investigate related career opportunities.  An equally important component of the tool is its goal setting application – My Plan – which enables the user to map out next steps in their PhD programs and for their career and professional development.



For: Doctoral students, STEM, all career paths

myIDP is a web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.  Features include:

exercises to examine skills, interests, and values;
twenty scientific career paths matched to users skills and interests;
a tool for setting strategic goals, with optional reminders; and 
career exploration articles and resources.

Aurora by Beyond the Professoriate

Aurora e-Learning by Beyond the Professoriate 

With Aurora, students access on-demand videos to explore career options and learn strategies for career success. With over 70 hours of on-demand videos and featuring over 150 PhDs, Aurora is a one-of-a-kind resource.

PhD students and postdocs access resources to help them navigate the faculty job market, and explore professional careers beyond the professoriate.

Aurora’s curated content includes videos testimonials, and reflective activities, and it provides information for students across disciplines in the Arts & Sciences. It was designed and built by PhDs. The Beyond the Professoriate team, as well as all of the contributors who deliver workshops and participate in career panels and interviews, are experts in their fields who also successfully completed a PhD and launched successful and diverse careers.

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Keywords:DiscoverPD, Discover PD, ImaginePhD, Imagine PhD, my IDP, myIDP, IDP, Individual Development Plan, goal setting, career development, professional development   Doc ID:87590
Owner:Alissa E.Group:Graduate School
Created:2018-11-06 16:36 CDTUpdated:2020-02-26 11:46 CDT
Sites:Graduate School
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