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“an Individual Development Plan (IDP)
can be a helpful tool. A well-prepared IDP might include occupational exploration and research, professional development, skills training, formal education or a job search campaign.”
What is an IDP? •
A written plan that outlines what career goals you want to accomplish and what steps you can take to meet those goals. • A tool you can use to identify, organize and plan your career. • A tool for creating a personalized plan that best reflects your career aspirations, whether you want to plan for professional development, promotional opportunities or retirement in the next few years.
Why have an IDP •
To focus your professional efforts and identify individual work goals. • To use as a communication, development and/or planning tool. • To assist in obtaining resources, (e.g., scholarships, fee assistance or training funds); some departments request an IDP as part of their professional development program. • To serve as your career action plan for skill building, professional development and career management.
Guidelines – Consider the following
guidelines for creating and implementing your IDP Know the Purpose of Your IDP • Prioritize and develop a plan of action to reach your short- and long-term career goals. • Focus your personal efforts in the areas that you have selected. • Identify, outline and use resources. • Create an action plan that is clear and achievable.
Put Your IDP into Action
• Discuss your IDP with your supervisor and other appropriate individuals such as a career counselor. Use this time to state your goals, clarify expectations and agree upon modifications as needed. • Work your plan - take a first step. • Evaluate your plan along the way and modify it as needed. • Expect obstacles and work to overcome them. • Celebrate your successes along the way! Guidelines – Consider the following guidelines for creating and implementing your IDP
How to ... Since the
IDP asks you to identify and write down your goals, what do you do if you don’t feel ready to set goals? One possibility is that you can use the IDP to jump start your goal setting. If you are not sure what your career goals are then you might try the following
Ask yourself What areas of
my work do I want to develop? • What areas of my work do I need to improve? • What are some short-term goals for taking on new tasks and responsibilities in my current position? What skills do I need to acquire? • What might be some long-term career goals and what skills would I need to develop to achieve those goals? • What are new demands in my job (or career) that require me to gain additional skills? • What direction is my department going and what do I need to grow with it? • • What can I do to find out about other career opportunities?
Consider these ideas to get
you started • Talk with your supervisor. • Attend career management courses and workshops. (e.g., the UC Davis Staff Development and Professional Services “Career Management Academy” which includes four assessments) • Schedule a confidential session with a career counselor. • Meet with a mentor. • Read career development books. • Set realistic priorities – what’s achievable in the next three months? This year? Within 3 years? Then develop a timeline and concrete action steps so you can mark your progress. Be sure to celebrate your successes along the way.
Filling out IDP Form My
Goals – Section 1: What are my overall goals that I want to accomplish in this time period? • Write down the overall goals you want to accomplish in the short-term (next three to six months); mid-term (next six months to two years); and long-term (next two to three years). • You can have more than one goal. • Examples: Develop skill in computer graphics; Learn about Kuali Financial Systems (KFS); Find out how to become a Student Affairs Officer; Figure out career direction; Start the “Developing As A Supervisor” certificate series.
Filling out IDP Form Skills
and knowledge to be learned – Section 2: What specifically do I need to learn? • You can identify what skills and knowledge you want to develop; write them down. • Sometimes, it is appropriate to use the IDP as a time management tool for a project; for example, maybe your goal is to revise the procedural manual in your department. In this case, you don’t need to learn a new skill, but it is still your work goal for the upcoming year. • Write down the project you need to complete and in the Next Steps section, detail the specific action steps you need to take.
Filling out IDP Form Next
Steps – Section 3: How am I going to acquire the skills and knowledge? Write down specific action steps you need to take to gain the skills or acquire the skills and knowledge you identified, for example: • Enroll in Dreamweaver 8: Level 1. • Go on informational interviews to find out what skills are needed to become an Analyst I. • Job shadow a Student Affairs Officer; Enroll in the Student Advising certificate series. • Talk with my supervisor regarding my IDP.
Resources – Section 4: What
resources do I need? What resources do you need to complete your goals? • Often a resource may be as simple as getting release time to take a course. • However, other resources you may need include: funds to pay for outside training, education, memberships, conferences; coverage for your duties; temporarily adjusting your work schedule; getting support from your supervisor or support network. Filling out IDP Form
Time Schedule – Section 5:
What is my time schedule? • Write down the date you plan to start working on this goal and the date you plan to finish, for example, if you are taking a one-day workshop, then just put down the day of the workshop in both columns. If you are taking the “Developing As A Supervisor” certificate series, write down the day of the first class in the start row and the day of the last class in the finish row. Filling out IDP Form
Completion – Section 6: When
have I completed each step? • Check off and date your progress as each specific step is completed. Congratulations! Filling out IDP Form