IDP Individual Development Plan

IDP Individual Development Plan




IDP Individual Development Plan

Professional Goals/Motivations

What are my professional growth and career aspiration?

I have an ambition to become a psychologist for disabled people as they are in dire need of any professional help they can acquire. I plan to specialize on studying how to help deaf people. In order to assist deaf people, I will require studying American Sign Language (ASL) so that I can effectively communicate with them. From when I was young, I realized I was good at working with disabled people because the thing I am devoted to the most is serving others, especially the deaf people who need attention from professionals such as my kind. This is the real reason why I selected the field of psychology. I have the unique qualities of being kind and thoughtful. I also realize that deaf people may be very sensitive and I realize that I may have to be understanding so that I will not hurt anyone.

Most deaf people really take their care very seriously and disappointing them will make me a failure in that field. In my country, very few people have ventured into the field of psychology especially from my nationality. Taking up this job will make my family and me very proud. In preparing for the profession, I always contemplated what my first encounter and reaction with a disabled person would be. In the past, I used to visit schools for disabled children and every instance was an excellent experience for me. The children were very delighted despite their disabilities. Their courage and agility inspired me to take up a job that would help them. However, it was unfortunate that I lacked the right words and encouragement to help them deal with their situation as I lacked the relevant skills.

Talents and strengths

What are my talents and strengths?

As a psychologist, I have analyzed my strengths as:

I have creativity and can find new ways of dealing with disabilities.

I have good motivating skills and can easily inspire disabled people to be cheerful.

I can easily be loyal and faithful with strange people.

I am humorous, forgiving and sympathetic.

Development opportunities

What knowledge or skills do I need to enhance?

In order to enhance my skills at dealing with special need children, mastery of the English language is important as most of the health professionals and disabled people speak in English. I will also require additional skills and knowledge in understanding and using ASL. Considering deaf people do not talk, I will need to enhance my writing skills. Additionally, I will require developing my presentation skills with consideration to the special needs of the disabled children in presentation.

Focused IDP objectives and actions steps

What development goals do I have for the next 12 months?

There are specific goals for the first 12 months such as:

I need to look for a home tutor to assist me in learning English.

I need to improve my English speaking skills that will greatly improve my communication with the deaf people. I have established a website that can help me in locating for an online tutor through the following website

I will need to look for a proper company to work in.

I will seek jobs in certified online websites such LinkedIn ( There are also local websites that offer jobs in the vicinity such as I can also seek the help of my former college career services and request them to seek a job for me (Sinclair-Penwarden, 2009).

Search for voluntary work to engage in if I do not secure a job.

I will search for volunteer work in the event I cannot manage to find a job. It is relatively easy to find volunteer jobs such as in my college or other institutions.

I plan to continue with studying the Korean language.

This I plan to do through websites and CDs that I purchased to aid me in the language. I will watch Korean drama and films during leisure time to get used to the language.

I will enroll for driving classes to acquire my driving license.

To make my work as a psychiatrist easier, I will need to get my driving license. This will need me to get a job and a constant salary before I can take driving lessons and finally, the tests.

I need to lose weight

I plan to loose weight through frequenting the gym three days in a week. People with disabilities tend to view overweight people as not very healthy. To this extent, I will purpose to go to the gym for three days every week.

Goals for the next five years

Become a fluent English speaker

Speaking and writing English is important in my career because all the medical terms and treatments for disabled people are administered in English. To do this, I will constantly spend my leisure time watching movies and television shows and try to grasp the meaning of complex English vocabulary. I will also listen to music, try to translate the lyrics and sing along with the artist so that I may develop a good English accent.

Comprehensively learn the ASL sign language

No schools offered ASL in UAE; this meant that I would rely on online sources such as YouTube and other credible websites.

Study psychology in UAEU

I intend to take a course, Masters in Clinical Psychology, at UAEU. This program will require over 38 semester hours of learning, including 600 hours of supervised practical sessions in an approved mental health or rehabilitation setting (Stewart & Kluwin, 2005). Full-time students graduate earlier than part-time students do.

Online Methods

The online methods to use through out the course will include websites such as, and

Reflecting my Achievements:

For the last four years, I have been an ambassador for the SCA College where I took part in various events. I also participated in a debating contest in college that discussed about mixed schools for children. I underwent various training programs for almost a year that dealt with business. I had a work placement for two months in Health Authority. I took courses in English language program that I passed. In college, I graduated with a higher diploma in Business administration-HR 2008-2011 (Woodcock et al, 2008). For short-term purposes, I aspire to do this job. Although it is not related to the major I wish to study, it will offer me a good starting point. Through a job in HR, I will gain exposure to English language; hence, it will improve my English skills. Additionally, by the saving the money I earn, I can manage to support my self in college.


My mentor will be Fatima R. Al-Darmaki, whom I admire and wish to emulate. I managed to make contact with her and confirmed a meeting where we discussed my proposal. She is the Associate Professor in the Counseling Program in UAE University. She gave me few suggestions about my goals. She was quite surprised that I was a HR student seeking to become a psychologist. She commented that in order to join the Clinical psychology class, I needed to study a few basic subjects that would take up one semester. She further commented that although only clinical psychology is available in our city, things might soon change with the introduction of more majors in psychology. She said I HR was related to Psychology work and one can become a consultant. She suggested taking up this major as soon as the university offers it.

Personality Dimensions

A month ago, I joined a work group to figure out my personality dimensions. I realized that I had both Resourceful Orange and Authentic Blue personality dimensions.

Weaknesses I need to work on

Some of the weaknesses I need to work on include setting and unsetting goals, being slow in making decisions, being sensitive to conflicts and making people too dependent by helping them more than I should.


In December 11, 2012, I joined the SHRM class. SHRM will help me in developing my skills as well as learning a few more things. My college is the first within the region to establish a student forum in society for human resource management, SHRM.


Sinclair-Penwarden, A. (January 01, 2009). Deaf people have unique care needs that nurses must understand and help address’. Nursing Times, 105, 3, 27.

Stewart, D. A., & Kluwin, T. N. (2005). Teaching deaf and hard of hearing students: Content, strategies, and curriculum. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Woodcock, K. L., & Aguayo, M. O. (2008). Deafened people: Adjustment and support. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.