Benefits of IDPs for Mentors
What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and why do I need one?
- Success does not just happen; it is achieved.
- An IDP activates your career goal by taking the first step on the path to success—planning for it!
- To identify and establish your career goals and to put strategies in place to achieve them.
Who can benefit from an IDP?
Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Mentors
What are they designed to achieve?
To identify and structure:
- Short-term needs and strategies to improve your current performance;
- Long-term career options necessary to realize your clearly articulated goals set by you for you.
- 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.
- More first-authored papers
Trainees with a written plan submit first-authored papers at a 30 percent higher rate. (Davis, 2009)
- Stronger CIHR applications
The use of IDPs will assist in meeting adjudication criteria regarding mentorship and training in funding opportunities at CIHR. Check out best practices in mentorship and training.
- Efficient use of resources
An agreed upon IDP at the outset contributes to better time management, efficient resource use and more focused effort. (Davis, 2005)
- Better relationships and fewer conflicts
Trainees who report the highest levels of oversight and professional development report fewer conflicts with their advisors and give their advisors higher ratings. (Davis, 2005)
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