Events and Workshops

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Information Sessions

We are hosting several Individual Development Plan (IDP) information sessions and workshops to help you get started on your IDP and take some time to prepare for where you want to be at the end of your program. Students who complete an IDP finish their programs faster and have an easier transition into the workplace. These sessions will be offered in three parts. 

Please note: IDP Part 2 & 3 sessions are considered professional development and count towards the eight hour requirement

  • Part 1 - Orientation (1 hour session)

    Students will be introduced to the professional development requirement and the Individual Development Plan (IDP). This session addresses introductory questions:

    Why is professional development a requirement?
    What counts as professional development activities for the eight-hour requirement?
    How do I start to create an IDP?

    Please see below for dates and times for Part 1 sessions. Please choose your session and RSVP.

    October 5, 2017, 12 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Location: MS 227
    November 6, 2017, 9 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Location: ED 377
    January 30, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Location: TBA
    February 27, 2018, 12 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Location: TBA
    March 26, 2018, 12 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Location: TBA

  • Part 2 - Getting it Started Workshop (1.5 hour session)

    Please note: IDP Part 2 & 3 sessions are considered professional development and count towards the eight-hour requirement. Please RSVP early as these sessions fill up quickly.

    In this workshop style session, students have time for personal reflection and discussion. They will complete preliminary work on their IDP by reflecting on how they define career success, and what are their work and personal values. Students will also take time to reflect on past projects, asking themselves what they enjoyed about these projects and what they contributed to the projects. 

    These activities prepare students to research their three possible career paths (required in the IDP) and to recognize the soft and technical skills (required in the IDP skills gap analysis) they bring to the workplace.

    Finally, students will be given several resources to move forward with the IDP. They will be asked to return to the Part 3 session with their potential career paths chosen, their skills gaps analysis, and their timeline for program completion. 

    This session is also available on eClass. Please see IDP Online Workshop

    Please see below for dates and times for Part 2 sessions. Please choose your session and RSVP.

    October 5, 2017, 1:30 p.m.- 2:50 p.m. Location: ED 377
    November 6, 2017, 10 a.m.- 11:20 a.m. Location: ED 377
    January 30, 2018, 11 a.m - 12:50 p.m. Location: TBA
    February 27, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Location: TBA
    March 26, 2018, 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Location: TBA


    ED 377
  • Part 3 - Next Steps (1 hour session)

    Please note: IDP Part 2 & 3 sessions are considered professional development and count towards the eight-hour requirement.  

    Also a workshop style session, in Part 3, students will share their experiences around researching their three career paths and completing the skills gap analysis and timeline. Please RSVP early as these sessions fill up quickly.

    Students will gain insight answering the following questions: What was straightforward? What was difficult? How did they pursue their research? Did they speak to anyone or contact people about potential career paths? Was the skills gap analysis challenging? Did the timeline provide insight into how they need to manage their time and program? Did it reveal things that they didn’t know about themselves—e.g. skills and competencies they bring to the workplace or areas for development that they didn’t realize were needed.

    They will then determine next steps based on their skills gap analysis and career interests: do they need to take a course/workshop, pursue a mentorship program, get on a committee or set up an appointment to speak with their supervisor? Finally, students will review their timeline and consider whether adjustments need to be made.

    Students are required to bring their completed IDP for peer feedback. 

    Please see below for dates and times for Part 3 sessions. Please choose your session and RSVP.


    Oct. 10, 2017 10 a.m.- 10:50 a.m. Location: Triffo Hall 1-16
    Nov. 2, 2017 1:30 p.m.- 2:20 p.m. Location: TBA
    Jan. 23, 2018 10 a.m.- 1:50 a.m. Location: TBA
    Mar. 27, 2018 2 p.m.- 2:50 p.m. Location: TBA

  • For Faculty

    Do you need help guiding students through the professional development requirement? The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is offering a two part orientation series for faculty and staff. 

    In part 1, you will be guided through the requirement, including an overview of the Individual Development Plan, what does and does not count for the eight hours of professional development activities, and what role faculty and staff play in the requirement. 

    Part 2 will give you an opportunity to hear from faculty who have reviewed the Individual Development Plan with students to allow you to hear about their experiences with this process and to gain guidance on how to best execute the review process.

    Next sessions:

    Part 1: PD Requirement Orientation - Sept. 22, 2017, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Location: CS 2-193  Please RSVP.
    Part 2: How to Review a Student's IDP Session - Sept. 22, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Location: CS 2-193 Please RSVP.

    Have questions? FAQ for Faculty and Staff (Google doc)   IDP Review Guide for Faculty  The ABCs of the PD Requirement for Faculty and Staff