Personal Career Development Plan (CDP)

What is a CDP?: The requirements for EScoDNA CDPs listed below is based on the criteria stated in the EScoDNA Grant Agreement (Annex I: “Description of Work”) as well as the PhD plan, which is mandatory for AU employed PhD students to update every six months. The criteria of the EScoDNA CDPs is more like a short-term PhD studies plan than a long-term career plan. In general, it is an assessment made by the individual ESR, as a plan for developing academic and professional skills wanted by the individual ESR. The ESR is supposed to complete this CDP through communication with supervisors, advisors, mentors etc.

The process of preparing the EScoDNA CDP will, however, hopefully also help clarify the more long-term career goals of the ESR as wells as general expectations with their advisor, mentor, and/or PI which in turn may lead to efficient communication, better planning, and more successful outcomes.

Min 2 pages required – Deadline 31 May 2015! – send by email to Lise (

What should be included in the CDP?: (list both activities in the past as well as planned activities!!)

– See an example of an EScoDNA CDP here*, made by Ilenia Manuguerra (present version with future activities in grey) – Thank you, Ilenia!!

*The page is protected – if you have forgotten the pass word, please write Lise (

  1. Supervision/mentoring:
    • Who?:
      • Main supervisor
      • Daily supervisor (may be the same as your main supervisor)
      • Mentor inside and/or outside the EScoDNA (both official and unofficial)
    • How?:
      • How often do you receive scientific guidance? (group meetings/seminars, weekly talks etc.)
  2. PhD project:
    • Title
    • Scientific goals
    • Methodology
    • Collaborating partners (both inside and outside your host institution/company)
  3. Secondments:
    • List of secondments – location, time and duration (both past and future). Strive to have at least 6 months of secondment in total.
  4. Training actitivties (both inside and outside EScoDNA network):
    • PhD courses
    • Complementary skills
    • Conferences
    • Schools
    • Workshops
    • Centre meetings
  5. Draft for dissemination activities outside the network (please attend this overview to see what is planned for you, according to the Annex I)
    • Publication schedule (both published and planned peer reviewed papers)
    • Patents (both granted patents and planned patent applications)
    • Presentations (talks and/or posters) at conferences/schools/workshops/centre meetings etc. with participants from outside the EScoDNA network.
    • Public outreach
  6. Career guidance: Who do you turn to for career guidance?
    • Senior scientists
    • Contacts in private companies
    • Self-assessment tools (myIDP – see below) etc. (not mandatory)

Min 2 pages required – Deadline 31 May 2015! – send by email to Lise (

Suggestion for how to schedule the preparation of the CDP:

  1. The ESR make a draft for the CDP
    1. Start as soon as possible for your own sake, so that you will get the most out of your PhD time!
  2. The ESR and supervisor discuss the draft
  3. The ESR revises the CDP
  4. The ESR and researcher (other than supervisor) discuss the draft
  5. The ESR revises the CDP
  6. Supervisor approval

Future career planning

myIDP (my Individual Development Plan) is an interactive web based career planning tool created by Science Careers. It is created to help graduate students and postdocs in the sciences define and pursue their career goals. When you have made your assessment of your skills, interests and values it fits and matches your answers with 20 career categories (60 career paths).

This is just an offer for you who does not already know this tool. There is no requirement for you try this!