Develop a Plan
Individual Development Plan (IDP)
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a resource generated by graduate students to help guide their career development. An IDP helps you clarify your strengths, identify resources, and seek support that moves you successfully through your program and professional transition.
An IDP will allow you to:
- Assess your skills, interests, and values.
- Intentionally plan how to achieve your program and professional goals, setting SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based), and keep your plan updated.
- Facilitate constructive conversations with your mentors about your plan, as it evolves.
The tools below are all FREE, self-contained, and comprehensive in guiding you through the planning process outlined above.
Your IDP Tools
myIDP- STEM Students
myIDP is a unique, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.
- Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
- A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
- A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
- Articles and resources to guide you through the process
There is no charge to use this site and you can return as often as you wish.
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Prioritizing Self Care
School can be a lot of stress and pressure, which is why prioritizing self-care is crucial to your success. Review the
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