Forms and Materials
- Form - Annual Performance Review Summary Form for Postdoctoral Scholars.
- Individual Development Plan
Workshops and Other Resources
- Workshop – Introduction to C.A.R.E.E.R. Development Planning for Postdoctoral Scholars
- Workbook for Introduction to C.A.R.E.E.R. Development Planning and Roadmap – Individual Development Plan
- Berkeley Lab Events – Today At Berkeley Lab calendar for research lectures and other events
- Online Books & Courses
- External Vendor Courses, Programs and Resources
Forms and Materials
Form - Annual Performance Review Summary Form for Postdoctoral Scholars
Postdoctoral Scholars receive an annual written performance progress review. The official form is found here. Both Postdoctoral Scholar and Supervisor complete the form and discuss the Postdoctoral Scholar’s progress, and research and development goals for next performance year.
In addition, new Postdoctoral Scholars may request that research and development goals be written. Section 1. of the form may be used to capture those goals if new appointment starts off-cycle to the annual performance review.
Roadmap-Individual Development Plan
The Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Scholars is an optional, career planning form that you can complete at any time throughout your appointment and is found in the Workbook for Introduction to C.A.R.E.E.R. Development Planning and Roadmap – Individual Development Plan. The plan offers a roadmap to help you organize, present, and discuss career planning ideas and needs with your Supervisor, a mentor, and/or colleague.
For support in completing the plan:
- Download the plan’s supplemental guide, where the form is included, in the Workbook for Introduction to C.A.R.E.E.R. Development Planning and Roadmap – Individual Development Plan. The workbook helps you think through and explore interests and needs in each section of the Individual Development Plan.
- Register for the Workshop for Introduction to C.A.R.E.E.R. Development Planning for Postdoctoral Scholars. For more information about the workshop, see the next paragraph below.
Workshops and Other Resources
Workshop – Introduction to C.A.R.E.E.R. Development Planning for Postdoctoral Scholars
Gain the tools and discover the resources to:
- Understand different ways to think about career development depending on your needs and interests
- Set short and long-term career goals
- Develop a career plan
- Explore scientific careers
- Initiate conversations with your supervisor/ a mentor/ a colleague, and/or a professional career coach about your career development
Participants: This workshop is designed for postdoctoral scholars.
This workshop will introduce you to a basic model for career planning, which includes the six elements shown below. During this session, you will explore a framework for considering your career options and specific actions you need to take to get there -- and learn about available resources to support your efforts.
- C - Clarifying values. Do you want to pursue a career in academia, a national laboratory, industry, science writing, etc.? What other potential career paths are open to you? What are your strengths, and to what type of career path are they most suited? What are the gaps between your favored path and your current strengths?
- A - Action Goals. Transforming clarification information into concrete steps forward.
- R - Relationship Building for networking and mentoring connections. Cultivating a network that will help you make inroads into the science career path of your choice, support you in overcoming challenges and other barriers, champion your interests, etc.
- E - Experience to help you achieve your best at Berkeley Lab and beyond. Continuously seeking developmental experiences to make the most of your talent and demonstrate and/or develop your skills.
- E – Education & Training to attain the knowledge and qualifications necessary to be successful in current and future roles. Closing the gap between role requirements and your talent/potential.
- R – Roadmap is a written plan to help you reach your career goals. Continually reexamining your progress, goals, and the ongoing fit between your plans and current life situation.
The workbook includes the Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Scholars and may be used independently of workshop attendance.
The workbook is designed to help you:
- Begin thinking about your future career plans through structured guidance and self-assessments
- Review workshop content before attending
- Complete the workbook before attending the workshop (is recommended, but not required for attending workshop)
- Clarify and support your completion of the Roadmap-Individual Development Plan
- Plan for your optional one-on-one coaching session with Professional Career coach after the workshop
The course is taught by Elayne Chou, Ph.D., a Counseling Psychologist specializing in career counseling, coaching, and consulting with culturally diverse individuals and organizations. She has taught this course previously at Berkeley Lab for several years to over 200 Postdoctoral Scholars and provided one-on-one career coaching as an option to many of them. She provides career counseling and career development workshops for UC Berkeley’s staff and has taught as an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College and as a visiting scholar at Renmin University in Beijing, China. She has worked in counseling centers at UC Irvine and Ohio State University.
1-on-1 Career Coaching
After you attend the workshop, you are eligible to schedule a 45- minute coaching session with the instructor, Dr. Chou. The workshop is a prerequisite for the coaching session.
To see upcoming course date(s) and to register:
- Go to Employee Self-Service
- Click on Training Enrollment
- Check Employee Skills Development and change the end date at the bottom to the date of your desired workshop, then click Continue.
- Check BLI0118 Career Planning –Postdocs and click Continue
- Click Enroll next to the course
Online Courses and Books
SkillSoft features hundreds of online books, courses, simulations and performance support tools on a variety of business and management topics, including project management and time management. You can access Skillsoft at work, at home or on the road from a PC, using Firefox or Mac, using Safari or Firefox. If working offsite and using the LDAP sign in, please use VPN to connect. To secure a license, contact Emalynn Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
External Vendor Courses
English for Non-Native English Speakers – If you would like to improve your English, below are some options for consideration depending on your needs.
- The Language Company
The Language Company offers a variety of English programs and flexible schedules in order to accommodate a student’s diverse needs for studying English. Classes are small, which provides students with a high amount of personal attention. Standard classes include Speaking and Listening, Writing, Grammar, and Reading. In addition, a variety of elective classes are offered.
- Vocal Ease Communications: Pronouncing American English Course
Vocal Ease Communications offers training in speaking American English clearly with correct articulation, correct pronunciation, learning to use pitch as a native speaker of American English would use it, using stress correctly, building adequate loudness (if needed), and speaking at a slower rate. We help clients to pronounce the vocabulary they use in their everyday lives, whether at work, home or in social settings, to develop effective communication strategies and then practice them.
- SF State Extended Learning
Courses for non-native English speakers to develop their professional communication skills. Courses in Speaking, Business Writing, Grammar and Presentation Skills are offered in the evenings at the downtown SF campus on Market Street. To download the brochure, click here.
- UC Davis Extension
Courses for non-native English speakers to improve conversational fluency and pronunciation skills, offered in the evenings in Davis.
- Note for off-site training, if you wish to attend an off-site training you must obtain approval from your supervisor (and whomever else may be required in your Division) before enrolling in an offsite course. Complete an Request for Issuance of Check Form (eRFIC) if no travel costs will be involved.
Professional Career Counseling Services
Berkeley Lab Events
Today At Berkeley Lab Calendar of Event. For research lectures and other events at Berkeley Lab, see calendar at Today At Berkeley Lab site.