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Whether you are mapping out your career goals or just trying to figure out what your career goals are, creating an Individual Development Plan (IDP) can help. A good IDP will help you assemble your skills and interests into a set of short- and long-term goals. It can provide a road map when times get confusing.
Your #Planuary challenge is to create your own IDP. Don’t worry—you’ve got the whole month to do it.
Individual Development Plans (IDP)
Career planners are a great way to identify what you want to do and how to get there. It doesn’t matter which you use, as long as it provides the right plan for you:
ChemIDP this ACS resource is an online toolkit that helps you assess your strengths and values, strengthen desired skills, set and track goals, and explore career options. Use this to learn more about yourself and make your career planning more effective.
We value your feedback! Send your comments and questions to ChemIDP@acs.org. Feel free to ask questions about IDPs or IDP workshops too!
myIDP was developed by AAAS. This career resource to help you map out your personal and career growth.
myPlan is a privately-owned tool combining assessments, education, and career development.
Check with your college or university Career Services to see what they offer.
Don't love the IDP options above? You can assemble your own by incorporating these components:
Identify your values, interests, and strengths to find an ideal career match or to develop assets in your chosen path. These assessments are meant to be reflective, not predictive—if a result doesn’t feel right to you, try something else.
You can find good tools in a variety of places, but some charge fees. Check with your school’s career services office to see if they have a subscription.
Career Pathways (free for ACS members) offers short and simple overviews of values and strength assessments to start you down the right pathway for you.
Career OneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and offers free assessments on interests, skills, and values.