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

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:30 am to 11:30 am

For better or for worse, your experiences and the training you receive as graduate students and postdoctoral researchers can greatly impact and shape the rest of your career.  However, there are strategies and resources that can enhance 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 covered 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

SPEAKER: Dara Wilson-Grant is the Associate Director at the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and a National Certified Career 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.

This workshop is part of the Academic Job Search Series, co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services, The Graduate School, and the Career Center. Questions? Contact Molly Starback, Director of Duke Postdoc Services, at

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Rm 143 Jones Bldg
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Event Category

  • General
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Adaptability
  • Self Awareness