Individual Development Plan

The following is a roadmap for creating an Individual Development Plan. Below are listed eight (8) categories that include goals, activities, work opportunities, and development opportunities. For each section, the employee should provide specific and thorough examples and responses. The employee’s manager should then respond by providing specific development activities including recommendations and/or provisions for education and training.

A) Professional Goals & Objectives: What goals and objectives do you have to further your career at MBI? Please be thorough in your description, providing enough detail to assure there are no ambiguities about what should be accomplished.

B) Steps & Activities to achieve these goals: Describe the specific steps or accomplishments you will undertake to achieve these goals. Refer to the Development Activities listed in Section 1H below.

C) Work Opportunities of Interest: Describe the type of work assignments that you would prefer to receive during the next 3 years.

D) Qualifications Assessment:

i) Do you consider yourself reasonably qualified for the type of work described in C above? If yes, what is the basis of your qualifications?
ii) Do you have abilities that are not being fully used in your current job? If so, can you suggest how they may be used to a greater effort?

E) Training & Development Assessment:

i) What training or development do you feel you need to be better prepared for the assignments you outlined in C above?
ii) What actions have you taken/plan to take to acquire the training needed for future work opportunities of interest?

F) Assisted By Section. Please indicate any individual(s) who will play a key role in helping the Associate meet the development goals and project objectives or satisfy any commitments established in this plan. Include the details about the type of support that each person is responsible for providing.

G) Target Date Section. Describe a proposed timeline of events (with anticipated dates) related to achieving development goals, project objectives, and commitments listing.

• Education and development classes
• On-the-job training and cross training
• Formal college course work or certificate programs
• Membership and participation in professional organizations
• Coaching or consulting
• Writing professional articles or books

H) Development Activities: Below is a list of examples of activities that could be considered appropriate for Associate development. The list is not exhaustive, but represents many of the most commonly used methods:

• Education and development classes
• On-the-job training and cross training
• Formal college course work or certificate programs
• Membership and participation in professional organizations
• Coaching or consulting
• Writing professional articles or books
• Working with a mentor
• Management development programs
• Self-study or reading assignments
• Computer-based training
• Participation in projects
• Participation on teams, task forces, or committees


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