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:


PhDs in Writing, Publishing, and Editing

Visit our Common Good and Creative Careers community which offers resources, advice, and job postings on communications and arts careers.

Selected Online Resources
Career exploration, networking, and skill-building resources for careers in writing, publishing and editing – ImaginePhD
“Careers in …

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PhDs in Media, Public Relations and Marketing

Start with our Common Good and Creative Careers community which offers resources, advice and job postings on media and communications careers.

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PhDs in Institutional Research

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PhDs in Government

There are numerous positions and functional roles for PhDs across government institutions. Be sure to review the resources, advice and job postings offered by the OCS Common Good and Creative Careers community, which includes government careers, and subscribe to the …
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PhD Pathways in Entrepreneurship

Curious about starting your own enterprise? Consider these resources:

Entrepreneurship Career Exploration, Networking, and Skill-Building Resources – ImaginePhD
Non-Academic Careers for STEM: Entrepreneurship, VersatilePhD (free to Yale students and postdocs)
“Bring Me A Philosopher: Why Tech Startups Need More Specialists …

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Career Resources

Community Spotlights

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