Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Disciplines

This page is aimed at helping students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines to learn more about careers paths in industry and non-academic field. 

You have put a lot of time and effort into pursuing your PhD degree. Now it's time to focus on how to leverage your expertise into a satisfying and productive career. An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

myIDP provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

Click here, or on the icon below to access myIDP and get started! It's free!


Additional resources can be found by checking out the links below! Click on each link to learn more about what each program has to offer. 

Gaucho Paths to Success (GPS)

Gaucho Paths to Success (GPS) is a career education program offering a framework to effectively pursue various occupational areas, through optimizing academic, experiential, and career development preparation.  With customized menus of services, programming, and resources, GPS helps you:

  • Explore options and discover the best personal fit.
  • Identify and secure relevant experience.
  • Position yourself to achieve.
  • STEM Graduate Student

Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD is the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social sciences, and STEM. As a UCSB graduate student or postdoctoral scholar, you have access to premium content on the VPhD website free of charge, including discussion forums, job postings, and career profiles written by PhDs who were hired ​outside of academia.