Individual Development Plan

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Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Individual Development Plan Examples. An individual development plan (IDP) is a planning tool that assists you with managing your career. IDPs are a great way to manage your own career but also can be used as a leadership tool to help employees manage their careers and growth.

Based on your own career goals, areas of opportunities, and developmental needs, complete the attached Individual Development Plan Template and upload in Waypoint.

  • Share your short- and long-term career goals (include a job description if you have a link).
  • Explain why you have selected these developmental goals.
  • Discuss the activities you plan to complete in efforts to achieve your goals.

Note: You are encouraged to integrate any feedback from your instructor and upload your IDP to Folio. For assistance using Folio, review the Folio Quick Start Guide.

Questions to consider when creating your IDP.

  • Do you think there are any other developmental goals that should be included based on the information that was provided?
  • What additional training or ideas do you have regarding how they can achieve each of their developmental goals? Make sure to provide ideas for each goal individually.
  • Do you think their target completion dates are realistic?



An Individual Development Plan is a planning tool to assist you in taking charge of your career by identifying action steps toward achieving your short or long term career goals.  Once you have identified your development areas, you can begin your development plan. Your plan should include the competency/skill you wish to develop, development activities that can help you develop the identified skill, the learning resources, and the timeframe.



Position Goal:
Time Frame of Development Plan:
How to Identify your Key Development Areas:

  1. What is your position goal? (be specific about the actual title that you are hoping to land)
  2. What are the key competencies needed for this position/industry? (look at job descriptions to figure this out)
  3. Based on the job description, what areas would you like to/need to develop further?
  4. Create S.M.A.R.T. Goals/Development Activities that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely, to help you in develop in these areas.


Development Goal Development Activity Support Required Target Completion Date
Example: Training experience/certification for resume ·     Locate and complete a training certification

·     Find an area of expertise to design and deliver a training

·     Time/money

·     Manager suggestions/support

December 2025








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