Career Development Planning
Career planning is generally considered a four-step activity that includes the:
- self-assessment of your skills, values and interests
- exploration and evaluation of your career options
- identification of your career goals and objectives
- development of an action plan or strategy
To learn more about these activities, register for an Introduction to Professional Development Session for graduate students or postdoctoral trainees.
A Career Development Plan (CDP) – also known as an Individual Development Plan (IDP) – is a useful tool to help you map and track your career development strategies. The University has developed templates to help you conceptualize your career development planning.
For Graduate Students
The graduate CDP template is a useful resource to guide your career development discussions with your graduate program director or advisor. In conceptualizing your CDP, see the specific range of recommended skills for graduate students:
Some schools have developed guidelines for preparing an individualized CDP customized to the needs of their graduate students:
For Postdoctoral Trainees
The postdoctoral CDP template is a useful resource to guide your career development discussions with your faculty mentor. In conceptualizing your CDP, see the specific range of recommended skills for postdocs:
NOTE: Postdocs appointed in any of the six schools of the Health Sciences (dental medicine, health and rehabilitation, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health) are required to complete a career development plan as part of the Health Sciences Postdoctoral Career Development and Progress Assessment process. Learn more >