Individual Development Plans

How do you plan for success? The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars understands that graduate school can be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan of attack. Luckily, we are here to help! The links below will direct you to three Individual Development Plans (IDPs) designed to help you identify areas of improvement, establish strategic career goals, and stay on-track! After completing your IDP, share your plans with your advisor. They can help you identify resources and provide feedback.

Science Careers: Individual Development Plan (myIDP)

myIDP provides:

  • Exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values
  • A list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests
  • A tool for setting strategic goals for the coming year, with optional reminders to keep you on track
  • Articles and resources to guide you through the process

There is no charge to use this site and we encourage you to return as often as you wish.

Purdue College of Agriculture IDP

The College of Agriculture provides an IDP for every stage of your graduate career. Whether you are just getting started or you are close to graduating. This page will help connect you to the resources that you need to succeed!

Purdue College of Science IDP

As a graduate student, you own your education. That means not only being responsible for your dissertation but also actively getting the training you need and seeking guidance from your mentors, who will support you as partners in your training. Filling out IDP forms will help you to formulate a plan for your training.

APA's Resource for Individual Development Plans

Today, most doctoral graduates will probably take a postdoctoral position before finding their first job. But that doesn’t guarantee a job. You need to make sure you get the proper training and experience that launches you on your desired career path. The best way to ensure success is to create a plan — an Individual Development Plan (IDP).