Professional Development


DiscoverPD is an innovative tool for UW-Madison graduate students to advance their academic and professional goals

Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students, PhDs, recent alumni, and postdoctoral fellows interested in exploring non-academic careers. The site can be accessed from any computer and is confidential

Explore career paths of UW-Madison alumni by reading their stories

Calendar of all professional development events

Badger Bridge: Connect with UW Alumni


An Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps graduate students and postdoctoral researchers:

  • assess current skills, interests, and strengths;
  • make a plan for developing skills to meet academic and professional goals; and
  • communicate with supervisors, advisors, and mentors about evolving goals and related skills.

The IDP is a document to be revisited again and again, to update and refine as goals change and/or come into focus, and to record progress and accomplishments. All PGTP students are required to have an IDP.

Learn more here.