MIND Materials

Career Exploration Road Map

Most of us know we should spend time investigating our future career options, but we find a thousand reasons to delay. MIND's Career Exploration Road Map (copyright Jennie Dorman 2018, and updated as an interactive pdf in 2021) was designed to alleviate the stress and overwhelming experience of career exploration by breaking down the process into manageable and actionable steps shown in a gameboard-style schematic. The MIND Career Exploration Road Map has been featured in Inside Higher Ed and Science Careers

Peer Team Model

We believe that career options should be openly and rigorously examined, and we wanted to reduce the isolation that often shrouds this subject. We also believe that a great deal of professional development can be attained simply by being a member of a close-knit group and witnessing, at close range, the experiences of others.

Peer mentoring groups are used extensively in the business world (where they are often called peer mentoring circles), and have been applied in academia and government to help participants reach many different kinds of challenging goals. The MIND program developed a peer team model to provide trainees with the support and structure needed to engage in career exploration over time. Over 60 volunteer facilitators have led 40+ peer teams since the program's inception. The MIND peer team model reflects years of experience and feedback from facilitators and participants. 



Illustration of a trainee reaching their goals and listing their skills, tasks and values.