"If you don't know where you are going, you'll probably end up...someplace else."
Individual Development Plans (IDPs) (PDF) provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. We suggest using the free website myIDP Science Careers as a guide.
There are three desirable outcomes from creating an IDP. First, the process aids in identifying long-term career options and helping establish milestones along the way. Second, it defines short-term goals which will focus current performance and give a clearer sense of expectations. Third, the IDP can also serve as a tool for communication between graduate students/postdoctoral fellows and their faculty mentors.
Adapted from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)'s Science Policy Committee.
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