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RCR Forum: Managing Your Research Career Using an Individual Development Plan (IDP) (GS 717.06)


Dara Wilson-Grant, LCMHC, Associate Director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can shape the rest of your career. However, there are strategies and resources that can increase your chances of getting what you came for. During this program, participants will learn how to develop clear and specific goals and objectives, along with a plan for executing them.

Topics include:

  • The importance of setting goals and developing an IDP
  • Introduction to the SMART goals model
  • Resources for crafting and executing your IDP
  • Strategies for establishing expectations and effectively communicating research and career goals with your mentor/PI
Dara Wilson-Grant

Speaker: Dara Wilson-Grant is the Associate Director at the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. With over fifteen years experience providing career management education and counseling, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for choosing a meaningful and rewarding career path, plus develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of career success.

Participation in this forum earns 2 RCR credits for graduate students who attend the full session. You will NOT receive credit if you arrive for this event late or leave early. For questions regarding RCR credit, contact

This event is part of the Academic Job Search Series and Careers Beyond Academia Series sponsored by The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.


Core Competencies, Professional Development, Professionalism and Scholarly Integrity, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Self Awareness