Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff
Individual Development Plans (IDPs) are career planing documents that help students organize their thoughts about career planning and to discuss those plans with their faculty advisors. Advisors on the other hand need to know the career plans of their advisees to help them develop the skills necessary to be successful and to point them to the resources available across the university designed to help students develop career skills beyond the academic knowledge of their discipline. IDPs are forward looking documents that result in an action plan for continuing the skill development necessary to be successful in whatever it is that the student wishes to pursue after graduation. They differ from the Annual Review of Student Progress which is a backward looking document looking at the accomplishments over the past year. Graduate School Policy is that doctoral students prepare and submit an IDP by the end of their first year. The IDP is then to be updated annually thereafter. Students and faculty can attend either session, but one session focuses more toward the faculty (using the IDP to discuss career planning with your students) and the other more toward students (thinking about career planning and talking to your advisor about your career goals).
In addition to some overview discussion, we will walk through the mechanics of actually using the IDP workflow system to submit an IDP or view a previously submitted IDP. .There will be time for students to work on and submit their IDPs and time for faculty to review IDPs of their students and to discuss with Graduate School staff resources that might be available to the students in response to the described developmental interests of their students.
Session Leader: Dr. Andrew Feig (The Graduate School; Chemistry)