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Professional Development

Here is a collection of resources, highly recommended articles and tools to help students and junior scientists take charge of their professional development in a purposeful manner.

myIDP is a free, Web-based career-planning tool, that helps students and junior scientists explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career paths that fits them best. The tool has been developed by: Cynthia N. Fuhrmann, Ph.D. (UCSF), Bill Lindstaedt, M.S. (UCSF), Jennifer A. Hobin, Ph.D. (FASEB), and Philip S. Clifford, Ph.D. (MCW).
  1. myIDP, Individual Development Plan
  2. Content Collection: myIDP, Science Careers - includes a series of articles about the components of myIDP
  3. You Need a Game Plan, Science Careers
  4. Tips for a Successful CV, Science Careers
  5. Postdocs, put your best foot forward for industry jobs, Science Careers
  1. Top 10 Tips to Maximize Your Mentoring, Science Careers
  2. Top 10 Tips for Mentors, Science Careers
  3. Content Collection: Mentoring Advice, Science Careers - includes links to articles about the meaning and importance of mentoring and how to make it rewarding for both mentors and proteges.

Intellectual Property (IP)

NIST and USPTO joined forces and developed the IP Awareness Assessment tool. The free online tool takes about 20 to 30 minutes to provide a detailed assessment of one's awareness of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and design patents, as well as of strategies for protecting and using valuable IP. It then offers appropriate learning resources based on what the assessment reveals.

The Lean LaunchPad - Steve Blank

This course provides an introduction to the basics of the Customer Development Process, i.e. key steps needed to build a successful startup.

Startup Tools - Steve Blank's website is a terrific resource, highly recommended for all who are interested to learn more about starting up a company.