Individual Development Plan (IDP)

What is an IDP?

An individual development plan, also called postdoctoral mentoring plan, helps you:

  • assess your skills, interests, and values;
  • create a plan for achieving your academic and professional goals;
  • communicate with your mentors about your evolving plan and needs.

Creating an IDP is a process through which you reflect, plan, and discuss, and ultimately achieve, your academic and professional goals. It is your responsibility to develop and maintain your IDP. You are encouraged to share your IDP with your mentors.

University of Arizona Postdoctoral IDP

UArizona Postdoctoral Affairs suggests using the following IDP. We encourage you to modify it according to your needs.

Career Planning

Other Resources

There are other online resources to help you build an effective IDP: