IDPs and Postdocs

Per policy, you are encouraged to develop your IDP in consultation with your faculty mentor and additional career mentors.

An individual development plan (IDP) is a customized way to assess your professional goals and design a roadmap for accomplishing them. The IDP process guides you to reflect on your ultimate career goals, where you are now, and define specific actions (such as training or networking) toward achieving those goals. An effective IDP can help you make the most of your graduate or postdoctoral training, and assist you as you dedicate your time to developing your research, professional and communication skills.

Selected individual development plan (IDT) tools include:

Per policy, you are encouraged to develop your IDP in consultation with your faculty mentor and additional career mentors. When developing an IDP, you may discuss your research goals, general professional development needs, and career objectives with your mentor(s). Submit a written draft of the IDP to your mentor for discussion so they can review your goals, share their knowledge about available development opportunities with you, and provide advice about possible revisions as needed. Remember, it’s important to discuss your progress regularly with your mentor and keep your IDP up to date, as your goals may change based on evolving research needs.

For more ideas and resources regarding IDPs and some best practices for postdocs and faculty mentors, please visit the Graduate Division website. Additionally, you are welcome to attend our quarterly Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation, which includes an interactive “Making a Professional Development Plan for UCLA Postdocs” session.

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