Career Planning Tools

Talent is only the beginning...


Career planning tools such as the ones mentioned below are useful to 1) set goals for your career (your research and your professional development both long and short-term), and 2) identify steps towards achieving those goals (for example when to take a certain course or when to apply for fellowships etc.). In addition, the career planning process will increase your awareness of your skills and help you feel empowered in the development of your future career.

Below is a brief description of different tools that we recommend as support for your career development planning.

Discuss your plans

We recommend that you discuss your plans with your PI/Professor/Head of Department so that you - in collaboration with him or her - can make an action plan of realistic steps that you can take to help build a desired skill, better use of existing talents, or prepare for a career goal.

Your development plans will also be discussed in your annual MUS (staff development dialogue SDD).

Other Tools

In addition to the tools mentioned above, we also recommend looking at Vitae which is a British organisation focusing on the professional development of researchers. On their website you can find interesting publications about career development and researcher destinations and other interesting publications regarding topics such as career development. They also provide a researcher development framework which you can get access to by payment. At the moment AU does not have an agreement with them. 

Vitae's webpage