myPath Toolkit

Tools

The myPath toolkit was developed and refined based on best practices described in the literature and extensive consultations with students (10 focus groups, survey results, and individual usability sessions). Guidance and additional input was provided by the IDP Advisory Board. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies also invited feedback from faculty and staff and consulted with experts across campus. 

 

myPath IDP Workbook

Designed to be used annually, this workbook will walk you through a comprehensive collection of self-assessment and reflection exercises designed to help you identify your skills, interests, and values, so that you can create a meaningful Individual Development Plan based on your vision and priorities for the upcoming year.

myPath Planner

A semi-guided companion to the myPath workbook, the myPath planners are structured to encourage you to set your goals each semester, to identify specific projects that you want to work on monthly and to plan your weekly tasks.

Coming soon!

myPath Web App

A digitized version of the myPath workbook inspired by direct feedback from McGill PhD students. Using interactive modules, the myPath web app helps you to consider your skills, interests, and values, to elicit feedback from your peers, and to reflect on your experiences. The myPath app includes a dedicated module for the creation of your Individual Development Plan with custom features such as email reminders, links to upcoming workshops and programs, and reports that can be used to track your progress and share with others. Flexible and customized. Features include:

  • Online self reflection exercises
  • Automatic goal suggestions based on self assessment
  • Integrated with McGill events calendar
  • Interactive graphs and reports to track progress

Note: We recommend that you use a laptop or a desktop to do the myPath exercises. Because the application was not designed as a mobile app to be used on your phone, it will not display correctly or function properly.

 

Additional Tools

The myPath tools are focused on helping you to figure out your development goals (academic, skills, and personal wellbeing), so that you don’t need to establish your long term career goals (which will probably change multiple times throughout your degree!) before deciding on what your annual goals will be. For those of you who would like to take a more career focused approach to developing your IDP, below are some additional online tools that you can use create an IDP. These tools provide excellent career information for individuals with PhDs and we strongly encourage you to explore them, even if you are not ready to select a career path

Each of the sites below focuses on specific fields, so the self-assessment exercises and the career paths are targeted. However, they all include descriptions of pathways that are open to individuals from diverse fields (e.g. Consulting) so you will likely find it useful to explore all 3 sites.

  • IMAGINE PHD
    • Built for social scientists and humanities PhDs.
    • Describes 18 job families, with lots of resources and advice on how to build your skills for a wide variety of careers.
    • Includes a fun drag and drop goal timeline and great job search tip sheets.
  • MyIDP
    • The first IDP tool created specifically for PhDs, this site targets individuals in the Life Sciences.
    • Provides resources and links to external information on 20 career paths.
    • Includes advice on career exploration, and provides example questions to ask at an information interview based on your values.
  • ChemIDP
    • While the site was created by the American Chemical Society, you do not need to be an actual member to use their online career planning tool.
    • Provides an overview and related resources for 36 career areas that you can filter by sector or job function.
    • Includes a planning tool and suggestions on how to strengthen your skills. You can keep a record of your past accomplishments.