Individual Development Plan

Think of your IDP as a tailored roadmap that guides you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Your IDP is like a personal map that shows you how to get to your destination.

An IDP helps you to:

  • Assess your skills and identify areas for professional development.
  • Articulate your personal needs for wellbeing and success.
  • Identify your annual priorities and select aligned academic, personal, and professional goals.
  • Establish an action plan for how you will achieve your goals and/or adapt when necessary.
  • Track your progress towards your goals.

Your needs and interests will change over time, so it is important to revisit your IDP every 6 to 12 months. Creating your IDP is part of an iterative cycle: Essentially, the IDP is a tool used to encourage the repetitive process of reflection, defining goals, setting specific objectives, and taking action.

Learn more about the benefits of planning : Why plan?

Learn more about what makes the IDP different from the Progress Tracking Form or the Letter of Understanding : What makes the IDP different?

There’s more than one way to make an IDP

An IDP is a personal document that should be tailored to your needs, your values, and your vision of the future. myPath aims to provide students with a variety of approaches to the creation of their own personal IDP by offering a network of tools and programming that appeals to the eclectic range of needs, personalities, and learning styles of the McGill student population. You don’t have to complete every exercise or sign up for every workshop to write your IDP and fulfill your requirements.

Learn more about how to create your IDP : Where to start?

Get started by exploring our ToolsWorkshops or Video Series.


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