...for mapping out your academic and professional development
As you begin your graduate school career, an Individual Development Plan (IDP) is an essential tool to help you:
The IDP you create is a document you will want to revisit again and again, to update and refine as your goals change and/or come into focus, and to record your progress and accomplishments.
Sciences and Engineering
For graduate students in the natural sciences and engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) online tool “myIDP” provides a comprehensive set of materials and exercises that will guide you through the process of self-assessment, career exploration, goal-setting, and implementation of your plan. Set up a free account and create and monitor your IDP at at myIDP. OR, use the suggestions and format below for creating your own individualized plan.
Social Sciences and Humanities
For graduate students in the social sciences and humanities, the information included here provides some important dimensions to consider as you assess your skills and interests, and an outline for creating your own individualized plan.
Planning your path to graduate school success