IDP Tips and Guidelines

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Consider the following tips and guidelines for creating and implementing your IDP:

Know the Purpose of Your IDP

  • Prioritize and develop a plan of action to reach your short- and long-term career goals.
  • Focus your personal efforts in the areas that you have selected.Identify, outline and use resources.
  • Create an action plan that is clear and achievable.

Put Your IDP into Action

  • Discuss your IDP with your supervisor and other appropriate individuals such as a career counselor. Use this time to state your goals, clarify expectations and agree upon modifications as needed.
  • Work your plan - take a first step.
  • Evaluate your plan along the way and modify it as needed.
  • Expect obstacles and work to overcome them.
  • Celebrate your successes along the way!

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