IDP's for Graduate Students and Postdocs

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is generated by scholars and researchers (mainly graduate students and post docs) to help guide career development.  It is individualized, because you – the scholar – creates a plan that is unique to you and your goals, taking into account your interests and strengths, while considering what skills and qualifications are necessary for your chosen career.  An IDP reflects both conscious consideration of and commitment to short and long term goals.  It should be ongoing and dynamic, providing you with a guideline that can be revisited for measuring progress towards your goals and revised as your plans evolve.  An IDP provides a shared point of reference for conversations with your UO advisor (and other mentors) about how to achieve your goals and/or adapt them.

Note that Academic Affairs requires that postdocs develop an individual development plan for contract renewal. 

Background Resources:

Video Overview  University of Wisconsin-Madison

Written Overview  Medical College of Wisconsin

IDP Models There are several models to choose from, so you should select the one that best suits your program and goals.  You can also talk to colleagues at other institutions to see if they are using something that you like better.

MyIDP  Designed for scientists

ImaginePhD  Focuses more on humanities and social sciences

IDP at the University of Minnesota  Open ended format 

UO IDP template Generic IDP that you can easily modify

 

 

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