myPath Toolkit

IDP Tools

4 ways to complete your IDP with myPath

From simplest to most in-depth

Choose the option that works best for you!

Need help to get started? Check out the myPath workshops.



For students who already know what their vision and goals are and just need a way to capture their specific goals for the year.

myPath IDP Template

The IDP Template provides an easy to use and beautifully designed form that you can use to write out your goals. You can use this document as a reference to help you remain focused on your priorities . We encourage you to revisit the document at least once per semester and make adjustments -as no doubt new challenges and opportunities will arise so it will be necessary for you to revise your goals. Note: This template is included in the myPath IDP Workbook (described below).

Login to download the IDP Template.


For students who have a pretty good idea of what their priorities are and want some structure for goals setting and tracking.

myPath IDP Planner

Think of the myPath IDP Planner as a mini workbook. It includes several structured exercises to help you establish your goals, as well as templates to help you map out your plans over the semester, identify specific projects that you want to work on monthly, and plan your weekly tasks.

Login to download myPath IDP Planner.

Version 3.0 published on Jul 08, 2021


For students who want an in-depth approach to creating their Individual Development Plan

myPath IDP Workbook *UPDATED*

The IDP workbook will guide you through a comprehensive collection of self-assessment and reflection exercises designed to help you identify your skills, interests, and values, so that you can create a meaningful Individual Development Plan based on your vision and priorities for the upcoming year. Includes the IDP Template (see below).

Login to download the myPath IDP workbook.

Version 4.2 Published on Aug 19, 2021



For students who prefer to use an online tool

myPath Web App

A digitized version of the myPath workbook inspired by direct feedback from McGill PhD students. Using interactive modules, the myPath web app helps you to consider your skills, interests, and values, to elicit feedback from your peers, and to reflect on your experiences. The myPath app includes a dedicated module for the creation of your Individual Development Plan with custom features such as email reminders, links to upcoming workshops and programs, and reports that can be used to track your progress and share with others. Flexible and customized. Features include:

  • Online self reflection exercises
  • Automatic goal suggestions based on self assessment
  • Integrated with McGill events calendar
  • Interactive graphs and reports to track progress

Note: We recommend that you use a laptop or a desktop to do the myPath exercises. Because the application was not designed as a mobile app to be used on your phone, it will not display correctly or function properly.

About the myPath Tools

The myPath toolkit was developed and refined based on best practices described in the literature and extensive consultations with students (10 focus groups, survey results, and individual usability sessions). Guidance and additional input was provided by the IDP Advisory Board. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies also invited feedback from faculty and staff and consulted with experts across campus.


  • McGill Students, Faculty, and Staff can access the myPath IDP Workbook, Planners, Annual IDP Form, and Web App by logging in with your username and password.
  • Please contact lorna.maceachern [at] if you have questions or if you are outside the McGill network and would like to learn more about our tools.


External Tools

You do not need to use myPath to create your IDP. The myPath tools are focused on helping you to figure out your development goals (academic, skills, and personal wellbeing), so that you don’t need to establish your long term career goals (which will probably change multiple times throughout your degree!) before deciding on what your annual goals will be. For those of you who would like to take a more career focused approach to developing your IDP, below are some additional online tools that you can use create an IDP. These tools provide excellent career information for individuals with PhDs and we strongly encourage you to explore them, even if you are not ready to select a career path

List of External Tools

Each of the sites below focuses on specific fields, so the self-assessment exercises and the career paths are targeted. However, they all include descriptions of pathways that are open to individuals from diverse fields (e.g. Consulting) so you will likely find it useful to explore all 4 sites.

  • CIHR
    • Built for social scientists and humanities PhDs.
    • Describes 18 job families, with lots of resources and advice on how to build your skills for a wide variety of careers.
    • Includes a fun drag and drop goal timeline and great job search tip sheets.
  • MyIDP
    • The first IDP tool created specifically for PhDs, this site targets individuals in the Life Sciences.
    • Provides resources and links to external information on 20 career paths.
    • Includes advice on career exploration, and provides example questions to ask at an information interview based on your values.
  • ChemIDP
    • While the site was created by the American Chemical Society, you do not need to be an actual member to use their online career planning tool.
    • Provides an overview and related resources for 36 career areas that you can filter by sector or job function.
    • Includes a planning tool and suggestions on how to strengthen your skills. You can keep a record of your past accomplishments.




Additional Resources

Individual Development Framework Guides

Not sure what to areas to focus on when establishing your goals?

Created and adopted by a variety of units that offer services to graduate students, the McGill IDF (Individual Development Framework) is a framework of goal categories managed by SKILLSETS that will provide students with guidance on areas to focus on when creating their IDP. Check out this series of guides to help you get started with creating goals.

Click here to view the list of themes and categories

IDP Verification Report

McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is strongly endorsing the use of IDPs at McGill and requires all doctoral students admitted after fall 2019 to report on whether or not you have completed your IDP by June 1st of each year. 

Students are not required to submit their actual IDP, as we believe that is a personal document. Instead, students are required to complete and submit the IDP Verification Verification Report as an assignment in myCourses.

  • NOTE: If you are required to submit this form, you will have been automatically enrolled  "Individual Development Plan - PhDs - myPath". If you do not see this course listed in myCourses, it is because you are not required to submit the IDP Verification Report



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