Benefits of IDPs for Trainees

What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and why do I need one?

Who can benefit from an IDP?

Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Mentors

What are they designed to achieve?

To identify and structure:

Benefits for trainees
  • Better career outcomes and satisfaction

    Intentional planning provides you with the opportunity to integrate your personal values and passions into your career plans, and these activities lead to higher career satisfaction. (Scaffidi, 2011; Davis, 2009) 

  • Higher productivity and publication rate

    Davis (2009) and Drucker (1999) found that trainees with a written plan submit papers to peer-reviewed journals at a 23 percent higher rate. 

  • Best chances of prospering

    IDPs give structure to strategic career planning and promote receiving helpful advice through networking. These activities in turn allow for improved opportunities to advance your career as approximately half of available jobs are not publicly advertised, and these opportunities result in improved chances of prospering in academia, industry or elsewhere. (Scaffidi, 2011)

  • Pro-actively manage expectations

    Identifying short-term goals gives trainees a clearer sense of expectations and helps identify milestones in achieving long-term objectives. (Davis, 2009) 

  • Better relationships and fewer conflicts

    Trainees who report the highest levels of oversight and professional development report fewer conflicts with their advisors, give their advisors higher ratings and are more satisfied overall. (Davis, 2005)

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