Individual Development Plan

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

An IDP is a tool to identify professional goals through a self-assessment and provides a communication tool between scholars and their mentors. An IDP is a living document to be revised and updated to provide focus and clarity in your scholarly and professional pursuits. Use an IDP to state your next move:

  • Identify long-term career options and the necessary tools to meet these
  • Identify short-term needs for improving current performance
  • Reflect on past accomplishments
  • Assess skills relative to career goals, and plan actions for academic progress to achieve goals
  • Facilitate communication with mentors

While there are many IDP templates, the Graduate School suggests the following:

    • myIDP: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
      • The most interactive tool with a variety of additional resources
      • Some sections are applicable regardless of discipline while others may not be as applicable to all scholars