Mentoring and Professional Development
Think about your goals
Individual development plans (IDP) provide a tool to help guide your graduate career. Download the IDP that is appropriate for your career stage and fill it out. Work with your mentor or advisory team to identify one or two key skills to work in the coming year.
- Year One: IDP_Year_1.pdf
- Year Two MS: IDP_Year_2_MS.pdf
- Year Two PhD: IDP_Year_2_PhD.pdf
- Years Three-Five: IDP_Year_3-5.pdf
The Science Magazine Individual Development Plan can help you identify a career path. It is worth revisiting over the course of your graduate career as you evolve as a scientist.
Prioritize your professional development
Plan a professional development activity each month!
Careers in industry, government, academia and elsewhere require development of skills beyond your research program. The Graduate School provides a wealth of year-round professional and personal development activities.
Put yourself out there
Present your research at an international, national or local meeting. Many meetings have travel awards available. Find out what resources are available and more through the links below.
Maintain a work-life balance
Make use of Purdue medical resources when needed.