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Preparing Individual Development Plans

Individual Development Plans (IDPs) provide a planning process that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives. Furthermore, IDPs can serve as tools to help facilitate communication between mentees and their mentors.

 

CAFFE helps graduate students, postdocs and faculty jointly set expectations to prepare them for an academic career. This is done concurrently (i.e., in parallel) with the traditional mentoring activities associated with the disciplinary research and scholarship development of the student or postdoc.

For the discipline-specific component of a comprehensive individual development plan, we suggest using the CAFFE Mentoring Plan, which is an adaptation of a template used at the University of Michigan for student and faculty mentoring. Use your CAFFE profile and you can create My Plan to make your professional plan a reality. 

IDPs for Graduate Students

The approach endorsed by the MSU-CAFFE involves constructing IDPs with parallel discipline-specific focus and professional development components, which are eventually integrated as a comprehensive plan to optimize the mentored training of graduate students. 

IDPs for Graduate Students

IDPs for Postdocs

Postdoctoral scholars benefit from developing short and  long-term goals. Postdocs and mentors jointly set expectations about a variety of training goals and activities such as:

  • Research Plans
  • Publication Strategy
  • Travel to Professional Meetings
  • Work Load and Work Schedule
  • Role of the Postdocs as Part of a Team

IDPs for Postdocs