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Why a career-planning tool may not help as much as it’s meant to

Individual development plans or IDPs—multi-part worksheets that help junior researchers asses their skills and map out possible career paths—are often touted as valuable training tools. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH), for example, “strongly encourages” IDPs for all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers funded through the agency, and many US institutions have made them mandatory.


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How to Get on the Fast Track to Career Progression

No matter what industry you work in, excelling at your current job is the key to continued career growth. But how do you make sure you’re keeping up with the industry and building new skills? Some industries require continuing education to keep you up to date on your skills and the latest advances, but odds are good that you’re going to need to take control of your own destiny. Below, we offer tips for pushing yourself, and your career, forward.


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Branding Yourself Using Social Media

To brand yourself is to treat yourself like a brand and market that brand to people you want to attract and get noticed by. In the context of your career, these people will be employers, recruiters, clients and other people of influence. In this age of digital technology, social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest are fast becoming the go-to tools for people looking to brand themselves and share that personal brand with the world.


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New job? Six things to know before signing that contract

You may be feeling elated because you’ve been offered a new job, or perhaps it is your first foray into full-time employment. If the salary stacks up and it’s what you want to do, shouldn’t you just skim the more detailed aspects of your employment contract and simply sign up? Well, no. It’s always best to read and understand what you are signing.


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7 Changes You Can Do to Your CV Right Now Which Will Give You an Edge over Competition

If you’re in the process of applying for your dream job and find yourself always being a recipient of rejection emails, then it may be time to look at your CV and re-evaluate what you have chosen to represent you to your future employers.


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