The Individual Development Plan (IDP) Process: An Employee’s Guide for Individual Development Career Planning (NUREG/BR-0086, Revision 5)

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Date Published: October 2008

Human Resources Training & Development
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


The NRC Training and Development Strategic Plan lists as its first goal:

'Individual Performance — Ensure that training and development opportunities enhance individual performance and support continuous learning at all levels.'

It also identifies the following as one strategy for reaching that goal:

'Encourage the use of individual development plans (IDPs) to guide individual training and development activities.'

The IDP Guide supports both this goal and strategy by providing information to both employees and their supervisors on the importance of the Individual Development Plan process to employee career growth, development and performance as well as long-term agency effectiveness. It also provides step-by-step instructions on how to prepare an IDP as well as additional resources, tools and tips designed to ensure the development of a meaningful IDP; one that supports an employee’s career goals and aspirations as well as the agency’s mission.

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