Goals for Successful Performance in Current Position — The IDP is not just a tool to move you closer to your career goals; it should also be used to develop skills in your current position. Here you should list a variety of goals that will help you in your current position. Examples could be learning more about effective supervision, collaboration, motivational team leadership, computer skills, etc.
Short-Term Career Goals — This is a statement of what you hope to achieve within the next 3 years. Examples could be a promotion, managing a particular project, or even changing to an entirely different position.
Long-Term Career Goals — This is a statement of what you hope to achieve after 3 years or more.
Developmental Objectives — These are statements defining what you need to do that will help you reach your short- and long-term goals. Examples could be becoming a good public speaker, understanding the political nature of public service, learning more about fire management, etc.
Developmental Assignments — This is a list of the strategies you will use to achieve the developmental objective. Examples could be "attend a public speaking course" and "join Toastmasters International public speaking group."
Proposed Dates — This is a list of proposed dates when you plan on working on the specific developmental assignments. You could also list the date you plan on completing the activity.
Estimated Costs — List of the approximate costs of each of the activities - be sure to include the tuition or course fees as well as any travel, per diem, and any other costs associated with the activities.
Date Completed — List of the actual dates the developmental assignment was completed.
Notes — Any additional comments that are appropriate to your IDP.
Signature/Date Block - The IDP should be signed and dated by both you and your supervisor when you have agreed that the IDP is complete.