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Individual Development Plan (IDP). All students must take owndership of their training and professional development. For first year students, the advising committee will help in student guidance and in establishing and IDP. More senior students are encouraged to actively engage in enacting their career plans. Graduate division and the Center for Professional Development (aka Career Center) offer an increasing number of seminars and courses on this subject. Career development should not happen in a vaccuum and students should engage their advisors, peers and families in the deliberation, planning and execution of career decisions. Attending conferences and courses are an important part of your IDP: they help you understand your field, get to know the players, make connections that you otherwise would not and they introduce you to colleagues at other institutions and in other countries. Note that since Oct 1, 2014 the NIH mandates a report on IDPs from its grantees.