Professional Development Resources



Figuring out what kind of science career to pursue can be difficult, but an individual development plan (IDP) can help guide you through the process. myIDP is a free, Web-based career-planning tool that was created to help graduate students and postdocs in the sciences define and pursue their career goals.

Salary Skill Builder

AAUW’s Work Smart program: It’s Negotiable: A Salary Skill Builder

Before you begin a job search or salary negotiation, you need to determine your value to the organization or company. By creating value statement that highlight your strengths and capabilities, you can guide your negotiations and get the salary you deserve.

A full online version of Work Smart will be available later this year.

Additional Reading

New analysis of funding trends offers encouraging news for female investigators – with caveats

What does it take to make an institution more diverse? Six researchers share their ideas for improving representation

When Two Bodies Are (Not) a Problem: Gender and Relationship Status Discrimination in Academic Hiring 

Opinion: How to tackle the childcare–conference conundrum

How to network effectively

How female fellows fared at the Royal Society

Cybersecurity needs women

A guide to juggling fieldwork and pregnancy

How one program is helping empower women to bring their ideas to market

Sexual harassment is rife in the sciences, finds landmark US study