Get the Most Out of Your Postdoc

Focused training and personalized mentorship can help you optimize your time in the postdoctoral program at USC. The tools listed below may help you discover your area of interest and learn how to get the most out of your mentorship experience.

KPAC also offers career development events so be sure to explore other pages on our website to discover those opportunities.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)

The individual development plan serves as a map and timeline of a postdoc’s career goals. It is written and developed by the trainee and outlines career goals, the training and skills needed to reach each career goal, accomplishments to date, and any changes in career/research objectives. The IDP should be discussed with the trainee’s primary faculty mentor at least once per year.

For more information about the IDP visit the career development site or check out this document. Additionally, an IDP template can be found here.

Note that an IDP is required to be eligible for USC postdoc training/travel awards and research grants.

Getting the Most From Your Mentor

Mentor-Postdoc Compact: This provides a framework for creating a high-quality mentor-postdoc relationship and outlines what the mentor and mentee should expect from one another.

Additional resources and information for enhancing mentorship during your postdoc experience can be found here:

Undecided about your future directions?

If you’re uncertain about your next career move, these tools may be able to help:

  1. Strengths Finder by Tom Rath
  2. Based on an individual’s skills and interests, myIDP personality test recommends the most suitable career path.

Some extra tips: