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What is a career exploration tool?

While we encourage you to explore these assessments and tools yourself, we understand that these tools are often most impactful when utilized with a career professional to assist in fully exploring the results and resources available. To help you get started, let's answer a few questions about what these tools are and why they can be helpful:

What is a career exploration tool?

  • Generally, these are tools or programs that are designed to help you determine your career-related skills, interests and values and provide insight into career paths you might be interested in based on your assessments.

Why are these tools helpful?

  • Career Exploration Tools designed specifically for graduate students are useful not only because these tools can help to assess what career paths are a good fit for you in terms of your interests, skills, and values but, more importantly, because they present a range careers possibilities that are appropriate to your area of expertise or discipline.
  • Combining career assessment tools with an IDP or an individual development plan during your graduate career can help you assess areas of needed skills development towards specific career paths, keep you on track with your writing and academic development, and assist you with time and project management.

There are many career exploration tools out there. Some are created for a very broad, general audience while others have been specifically created for graduate students. Explore the resources below to find the tool that is the best fit for you.

Career Exploration Tools

  • For graduate students in the humanities, social sciencesand some departments within the School of the Arts such as Theatre, Film & Media Studiesand Visual Art Education we recommend ImaginePhD, developed by the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC) and funded by Universities across the US and Canada. A robust career exploration and planning tool, ImaginePhD is now available at
  • For graduate students in the school of the arts, we recommend visual arts students explore The Art Career Project
  • For graduate students in the natural sciences and math, we recommend Science Careers​ MyIDP, developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). To start your MyIDP click here. 


  • About MyIDP: Science Careers offers a wide variety of content designed to assist scientists of all disciplines, backgrounds and experience levels navigate their career path. This includes thousands of job listings that are updated daily, thousands of career advice articles written by the ScienceCareers editorial staff, graduate program information, meetings and event information, and a Career Forum where scientists can join a community of experts and peers engaging in real time discussions around career issues. 
  • For graduate students in chemistry, we recommend ChemIDP developed by the American Chemical Society. 
  • For graduate students in the school of engineering, we recommend Science Careers​ MyIDP, developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). To start your MyIDP click here. 
  • Additionally, the Engineering Career Center's website contains a number of resources for career exploration.

Career Leader is a career exploration and self-assessment tool developed for those pursuing degrees in business. Explore the exploration and self-assessment tool here.

To further discuss your assessment results or for additional support, please visit Business Career Services via the contact information provided in the section below. 

ImaginePhD Support

If you have questions about the ImaginePhD career assessment, please reach out for assistance.

General Career Assessment Support

For general career assessment support and assistance creating a profile on HireAJayhawk please reach out to the University Career Center.
Summerfield Hall 1300 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence , Kansas 66045

School of Business Career Services

For career advising and support in the School of Business, please reach out to Business Career Services
School of Business
Capitol Federal Hall 1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence , Kansas 66045

Engineering Career Center

For career services and support in the School of Engineering, please reach out to staff in the Engineering Career Center.
School of Engineering
LEEP2 Room 1410 1536 W. 15th Street
Lawrence , Kansas 66045

J-School Career Center

The J-School Career Center assists students with a wide range of career development topics, from beginning an internship search to accepting a first job offer as KU graduate.
School of Journalism
Stauffer-Flint Hall 1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
LAWRENCE , Kansas 66045