Navigating Your Future: Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan
Navigating Your Future is a lunch seminar series focused on professional and academic topics for graduate and postdoctoral scholars. Join us for the May 24 Navigating Your Future Lunch to learn how to conceptualize, draft, and act on your own Individual Development Plan (IDP).
Please note that the workshop will require some preparatory work before the 24th, and some wrap-up work afterwards.
Why IDPs? As a graduate student or post-doc, it can be daunting to think about how you'll achieve your professional goals over the next 1 to 3 years, let alone figuring out what those goals are. Individual development plans are designed to help you do just that: state your goals, assess what you need to do to reach them, and brainstorm on how you might achieve them.
What will the workshop cover? In this workshop, you will create a first draft IDP and an action plan to facilitate conversations with your advisor or supervisor about career goals, current and desired skills, and development opportunities. We will discuss how to define achievable goals, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans. You'll begin by considering your current skills and career aspirations. Then, along with your peers, you will consider key features of effective plans. Workshop participants will also discuss ways to have the most productive