Individual Development Plan
For Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars
According to Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), the purpose of the IDP is to "provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Furthermore, IDPs serve as a communication tool between individuals and their mentors."
The goal of the MyIDP is to provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. IDPs serve as a communication tool between students/scholars and their mentors.
Sciences & Engineering
For graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in sciences and engineering, we recommend using AAAS’ free online tool myIDP. This tool asks a series of questions about the following:
- Your Interests
- Your Skills
- Your Values
IDP Video Series
Prepared by Craig Ogilvie, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College
These short videos are designed to give useful tips and assist with the process of developing an IDP.
The tools provides several suggestions for possible career matches. It also contains links to career resources and tools to help you develop concrete plans, attend workshops, networking etc.
Social Sciences & Humanities
Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars: Imagine Ph.D. is a useful tool that allows you to explore your options in great detail if desired. This new career exploration and planning tool is helpful in discovering career paths that are organized by job families. Take as much time as you need to take the Self-Assessment, Explore Options, Narrow Options, and Make a Plan: www.ImaginePhD.com.
The ImaginePhD - My Plan can be shared in a draft form with the mentor(s) at the meeting where the graduate student or postdoctoral scholar accomplishments and goals will be discussed in light of the core competencies and the graduate student’s career aspirations.