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The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a collaborative effort between the employee and their supervisor to support the employee in achieving their career aspirations.
- Chart a career path for the employee by identifying new knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue.
- Support the employee with enhancing proficiency of knowledge, skills and competencies in their current position.
- Facilitate a transfer of knowledge from an employee intending to retire to other employees to increase their ability to compete for the body of work.
IDPs are NOT:
- Fixed in Stone. As long as both the employee and his/her supervisor agrees, IDP goals and activities can be changed.
- Performance Appraisals. A performance appraisal looks back on past performance while an IDP is an action plan that looks forward.
- Performance Improvement Plans (PIP). The PIP is to correct serious employee performance deficiencies or modify existing behavior issues whereas IDP’s are to enhance the employee’s knowledge, skills and competencies.
- Promises. If conditions change (e.g. time, deadlines and availability of training and budget changes) employees and managers can develop a Plan B to pursue the employee’s goals.
- Sample IDP (.pdf)
- Blank IDP (.doc)
- Employee Development Planning Roles Responsibilities (.pdf)
- Questions for Employee to Ask Supervisors(.pdf)
- Questions for Manager to Ask Employees (.pdf)
Use WOIS/The Career Information System to identify your interests, skills and values, and explore careers, training programs and job opportunities. WOIS is a private, nonprofit organization located in Olympia, Washington, that works with King County to provide employees with high quality information, tools, and resources. WOIS stands for Washington Occupational Information Service.
- Career One Stop – One of the best websites providing comprehensive career exploration, training and job search resources, toolkits and links to local service providers.
- Quintessential Careers – One of the best website providing comprehensive job-search resources, services, and up-to-date advice from job search and career experts.
- O'NET online – An interactive application for exploring and searching hundreds of occupations. The database also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments to help people find or change careers.
- WorkSource Seattle-King County – Career Coach, created by the Workforce Development Council and WorkSource, provides the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. They also offer a variety of job seeker services and resources.