Why IDPs? As a graduate student or post-doc, it can be daunting to think about how you'll achieve your professional goals over the next 1 to 3 years, let alone figuring out what those goals are. Individual development plans are designed to help you do just that: state your goals, assess what you need to do to reach them, and brainstorm on how you might achieve them. In recognition of the importance of this process, some institutions now require students and postdocs to go through this process to improve their career preparation.
What will the workshop cover? In this workshop, you will create a robust IDP draft and an action plan to facilitate conversations with your advisor or supervisor about career goals, current and desired skills, and development opportunities. We will discuss how to define achievable goals, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans.
Who's invited? Anyone can register for our workshop, though students from CIRTL institutions will be given preference. Enrollment will be capped at 50 students, and we will maintain a short waitlist in case spots open up at the last minute. Click here to register. Registration closes Thursday, March 10 and participants will be notified of their enrollment status by Friday, March 11.
What's required of me before and after the workshop? Participants will need to do some preparatory work before the workshop, and some wrap-up work afterwards. Instructors anticipate that pre-workshop assignments will take between 1 and 1.5 hours, while post-workshop assignments will take less than half an hour. Additional details about these assignments will be posted in the workshop Moodle site.
Where will the workshop take place? We'll use Moodle to host assignments and discussion boards before and after the workshop; you'll automatically receive a Moodle account once you're enrolled in the workshop. The workshop itself will take place in Blackboard Collaborate, web conferencing software that CIRTL uses for its courses, events, and other cross-Network meetings.
Any questions? We want to make this workshop accessible to as many people as possible. If you have questions about the workshop content, how to register, or how to use the required technology, contact kdiamond3 AT wisc.edu