Individual Career Development Plan (IDP)

"A goal without a plan is just a wish"

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

What is the IDP?

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) helps you - either as Postdoc or Doctoral Researcher - explore career possibilities and set goals, in order to follow the career path that fits you best. It represents a personal roadmap to enhance your knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as highlighting possible career paths. In addition, the IDP includes your specific interdisciplinary learning goals, analysis of personal strengths and areas for development.

The IDP within HMGU is a personalized, interactive, and dynamic action plan. It can be used for the purposes of outlining a path to career success, tracking progress, providing feedback, and/or facilitating ongoing communication.

In future, you will be responsible for creating and renewing your IDP in collaboration with the Career Center.

IDP Framework and Components

The IDP Framework addresses four different topics, called IDP Components (see illustration).

  • Each IDP Component addresses a different area of career planning.
  • All components are included in the IDP Workbook, the heart of the IDP.
  • The IDP Workbook includes exercises, that guide you through the self-assessment process.
  • Throughout the IDP process, the Career Center and other departments will offer workshops, webinars and one-on-one coachings.