Today’s job market is challenging. You need a clear idea of the type of career you want and a strategy for success. Engaging in professional development activities while you are still in graduate school can give you an invaluable head-start in the job market and bring added focus and direction to your academic work.

It’s never too late to set aside some time to evaluate and document your existing skills and set realistic short-term and long-term professional goals. One way to do this is through the creation of an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

The IDP is a document that maps out your career narrative. It includes both a description of acquired skills and experiences as well as plans for future professional development activities. As such, your IDP is a constantly evolving, highly personalized document.

You can download version 1.0 of our IDP template, the cuIDP, as a form-fillable PDF.