Individual Development Plans for PhDs

What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP)?

An individual development plan (IDP) is a personalized, interactive tool that you can use to identify and prioritize professional goals, and construct an actionable strategy to achieve them. Whether you are planning careers in academia or exploring non-academic positions, you will find IDPs to be a valuable device for managing their career and professional development while at Yale.  An IDP provides tools for you to:

  • Assess your skills, interests and values
  • Explore career options
  • Determine gaps in professional skills and create action plans to develop them
  • Set research and professional goals and track progress

Assessing the transferability of your research and skills will empower you with new perspectives on the value of your PhD work both within and outside of the academy.  IDP tools can also raise your productivity by helping you manage your time, direct your efforts more efficiently, and successfully meet PhD milestones and career development goals.  By achieving greater clarity of career goals earlier in their graduate career, you can position yourself to invest in professional development that will enhance your success in the job market, regardless of your intended career path.


Online IDP Tools

Free online IDP tools for PhD students and postdocs are available online.  Get started with the options below:

  • Versatile PhD (MyPlan) is for PhDs from all disciplines.
  • Imagine PhD is aimed at Humanities and Social Science PhDs but useful for anyone interested in non-STEM careers.  Developed by the Graduate Career Consortium.
  • MyIDP is for STEM PhDs and produced by AAAS.
  • ChemIDP has content relevant to all STEM PhDs, by the American Chemical Society.

Additional Resources from OCS

The Office of Career Strategy offers many resources to help GSAS students and Yale postdocs complete each stage of the IDP. Make progress by taking the following steps:


Yale 2021 3-Minute Thesis Competition: View Finalists & Vote!

Yale 2021 3-Minute Thesis Competition: View Finalists & Vote!

Register to attend our 2021 3-Minute Thesis Awards Ceremony (Saturday, April 17th, 3:30pm ET) via Zoom today!

Watch the videos from this year’s 3-Minute Thesis finalists!

Submit your vote for your favorites!

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McDougal Career Fellows

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Apply to be a 2021-22 McDougal Career Fellow today!

The Office of Career Strategy is currently accepting applications for our 2021-22 McDougal Career Fellows!  This is a fantastic opportunity to deepen various professional skills, investigate various employment opportunities and industries, …

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PhDs in Non-Profits

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Interested in working for a nonprofit organization?  Get started by taking advantage of the many resources offered by OCS’ Common Good and Creative Careers initiative which focuses on support and advising on education, government, nonprofit and arts careers.

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Yale 2020 3-Minute Thesis Competition: View Finalists

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There are predictable hurdles in turning a massive research project into a succinct 3 minute summary.  More so when that 3 minute summary is intended for a lay-audience, as opposed to experts in that given field!  In any other year,

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PhD Transferable Skills

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Employers value many skills in addition to the technical knowledge in your discipline that you have honed while at Yale.  These skills are called “transferable” because they can be employed in a range of employer settings. The skills most cited …

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Career Resources

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