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.

    May 15, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. SUB 051
    June 19, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. ECHA 2 490

     

  • 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. 

    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 help students 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. 

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

    May 15, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Session Full
    June 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ECHA L1 140

  • 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.

    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.

    May 15, 9 a.m. -10 a.m. Triffo Hall 1-16
    June 20, 2 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Triffo Hall 1-16

  • For Faculty

    Do you need help guiding your students through the PD requirement? The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is offering orientation sessions on these requirements for faculty, graduate chairs/coordinators and graduate administrators. In this session you will be guided through the IDP process and will develop an understanding around what “counts” as professional development.

    Next sessions:

    PD Orientation  - Friday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Triffo Hall 1-16 RSVP
    How to Review a Student's IDP Session - Friday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Triffo Hall 1-16 RSVP

    Have questions? FAQ for Faculty and Staff (Google doc)   IDP Review Guide for Faculty