My Informational Interview Tips

Before subscribing to Science Mentor’s blog I was not familiar with informational interviews. After having my share of informational interviews I have learned a few things along the way. Here are my tips for informational interviews:

Let’s get started! Continue reading My Informational Interview Tips

myIDP (Individual Development Plan) & How to Use it

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Image Credit: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/

A few posts ago I mentioned getting organized, developing a plan and achieving goals. Click here if you need help setting time aside for your goals. Click here if you want to reevaluate some of your goals or make a change. Now, that you have these ideas flowing in your mind I am ready to share today’s post with you.

When I began blogging a post by the ScienceMentor caught my attention. The post was about a plan from Science Careers called myIDP. If you are not familiar with myIDP I suggest reading the ScienceMentor’s post and checking out the Science Careers page to learn more about it.

After learning more about using the myIDP tool I was ready to start, but nervous at the same time. I knew that using the myIDP tool was something I wanted to use and I wanted to share how I have been using the myIDP tool. If you want to create a myIDP account click here.

When you create a myIDP account it suggests that you create your goals using the ‘SMART’ Principle. Some of us may have heard of this during undergraduate. If not here it is:

SMART Goals Are:

S – Specific 

M – Measurable

A – Action-Oriented

R – Realistic

T – Time-bound

When you create SMART goals you are more likely to achieve them with little procrastination. This is a good way to see if you are really doing the steps it takes to achieve your goals.  Many of us have to juggle important tasks and have multiple deadlines so why not treat our goals the same way we treat important deadlines we cannot change?

One of the ways you can keep track of deadlines is using multiple calendar reminders on paper, on your cell phone, and computer. Now, you have no excuse to miss a deadline. Also, give yourself room in case something comes up. Don’t beat yourself over it. Sometimes you need to revise your plan. Another way to stay on track is to create weekly and monthly check-ins to analyze the entire list of goals you created. Once you do this a couple of times it will become easier to achieve your goals.

Most of us have many things that we want to achieve in our career. Sometimes it is a bit overwhelming. You may decide to use myIDP tool in one sitting, but I believe you will be happier working on it over a span of a few weeks. Here’s what I did:  Continue reading myIDP (Individual Development Plan) & How to Use it

5 Key Things to Reevaluate and Plan for Success

In a previous post I talked about using your Power Hour to do something that is important to you. Lately, I have been thinking about making some changes in my career.  Continue reading 5 Key Things to Reevaluate and Plan for Success