Graduate Professional Development (GPD) announces the launch of an innovative new resource for graduate student professional development co-sponsored by UC Berkeley. ImaginePhD — a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences and related areas — will be available for all on Monday, October 23, 2017.
Sponsored with funding from institutions including Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, Wisconsin, Duke, Brown, and many others, ImaginePhD was created under the auspices of the Graduate Career Consortium, a professional association of leaders in graduate student and postdoctoral professional development. A similar site serving STEM graduate students, myIDP, has more than 100,000 Ph.D. users and continues to grow.
ImaginePhD offers a variety of tools for grad students, postdocs, and faculty mentors:
- Online assessments for determining students’ career-related skills, interests, and values;
- Sixteen job families relevant to the humanities and social sciences with resources for career exploration;
- Tools for creating an individual development plan (IDP) with self-defined goals.
Starting on October 23, students can create individual accounts at ImaginePhD.com and get started!
The site is a vital new addition to the online professional development resources available to Berkeley graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and the faculty and staff who advise them. In addition to MyIDP and ImaginePhD, Berkeley also has institutional memberships to VersatilePhD, which offers non-academic career resources (such as sample resumes and cover letters, panel discussions, and job postings) for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars, and the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which offers webinars, writing challenges, and other resources to assist graduate students and junior faculty in staying on track with the various components of academic life.
Information about all the professional development resources available at Berkeley for students, faculty, and departments can be found at the campus central portal for Graduate Student Professional Development, including:
- The Graduate Student Professional Development Guide, which describes immediate steps students can take to develop core competencies that can be applied to multiple career paths;
- Resources for Faculty and Departments to support graduate student professional development, including a list of “Promising Practices” developed by the Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Professional Development;
- A calendar of local professional development events, also distributed to graduate students as a bimonthly email digest;
- Professional Development Programs offered by the Graduate Division and its partners, including the Career Center, the D-Lab, and student groups such as Beyond Academia;
- Information on consultations to assist graduate students, faculty, and staff with professional development planning.
Please contact Linda Louie, Professional Development Resource Coordinator, with any questions about ImaginePhD or Graduate Professional Development at Berkeley.