Success in graduate school and beyond requires that you create a plan, take advantage of resources and opportunities to develop your skills, and explore career resources and options.  By actively participating in professional development opportunities at UW-Madison, you will build the skills needed to continue to succeed academically, and to thrive in your chosen career.

Individual Development Plan

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps you assess your skills, interests, and values; make a plan for achieving your academic and professional goals; and communicate with your mentors about your evolving goals and skills. Begin developing your IDP »

your guide to professional development

DiscoverPD is an innovative new online tool for UW-Madison graduate students to match their skill development needs with upcoming campus events, self-guided activities, online training, and more. Log in with your netID to get started »

Introducing DiscoverPD

Planning your path to graduate school success

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Alissa Ewer

Assistant Dean, Office of Professional Development and Communications

209 Bascom


Eileen Callahan

Director of Professional Development

223 Bascom


Amy Fruchtman

Assistant Director of Professional Development

225 Bascom


Professional Development Events at UW–Madison

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