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Over the years, I've found myself bookmarking lots of websites (especially job boards!) I figured it could be helpful to synthesize a list of these in case it might help others. Let me know if I am missing any of your favorite job board websites and I will make sure to add them.

At the bottom are some resources I found helpful during graduate school related to career planning.

Job boards & other opportunity buckets

Note: These are not curated/maintained by me. This is merely a list of lists : )

General science

  • jobRxiv: Free job posting board by scientists for scientists.

  • ScienceCareers: Job board put out by the journal Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Ecology & conservation

Infectious disease & public health

grad school planning tools

Individualized Development Plan (IDP): An IDP is a helpful way to visualize your goals and keep track of your own progress, both personally and professionally. Science Careers runs a really nice website you can use to manage yours, though there are numerous templates available online.

Mentoring Agreement/Contract: This has many different names, but the idea remains the same. Creating a document with your mentor early on in your relationship provides you something to re-visit together when you meet to discuss updates and progress. There are many flavors of this available, but I’ve linked to a few good templates below.

Mentor Map: Rather than leaning on your academic advisor for all the things, I was taught that diversifying (and mapping!) one's mentorship/adviser network can be a helpful exercise. Re-visiting this every 6 months (especially during grad school) was, for me, a nice way to evaluate in which areas/skillsets I wanted to prioritizing focusing on. Here is an example of one template mentorship network (note: I did not make this).