An annual IDP is one component of broad professional development and mentoring. Specifically, it helps postdocs:
- Identify progress in training and document accomplishments to date;
- Set goals for the upcoming year, including discussing how to spend time to maximize progress toward career, professional development and project goals;
- Identify areas for improvement; and
- Define specific skills and experience needed to prepare for long-term career goals and complete research training, and ways to develop these skills.