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Career Development Center (IDP Plans)



Welcome to the Federal Employees Career Development Center. This site assists federal government civil service employees to design realistic Individual Development Plans (IDPs). Federal employees have numerous and attractive career development and upward mobility opportunities available to them.


If you dream of promotions with higher pay, you can turn your dreams into reality and be one of the tens of thousands of federal employees that are promoted or obtain higher level government jobs each year.


What separates those who want to improve and progress in their careers from those who actually achieve success? The fact is that it’s not enough to dream about promotions, great new jobs, and higher pay, you have to plan a course of action to achieve those goals. The factors that will determine whether or not you succeed are motivation, personal initiative, and taking the steps (ACTIONS) necessary to make your dreams come true. IDP plans will help you achieve your goals.  


This site and the NEW second edition of Take Charge of Your Federal Career and The Book of U.S. Government Jobs, provide abundant resources to develop your IDP plans, locate realistic job opportunities, explore agencies, and complete a comprehensive federal resume and application that will attract the attention of selecting officials.

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A good reason to prepare an IDP, especially for federal employee's that are in their mid to late careers, is to increase their high three average salary for retirement. A promotion can significantly increase your retirement annuity. This is also a good time to start planning your retirement so you and your family will understand what you will have to live on, when you will be eligible, and the best time for you to leave. Visit www.federalretirement.net for comprehensive FERS and CSRS retirement planning guidance. You can also request a "FREE Personal Retirement Benefit's Summary" from a retirement specialist that will assist you with your retirement plans.    


The balls in Your Court


If you’re not satisfied with your current job or if you’ve been bypassed for a promotion, don’t despair, help is out there if you know where to look. You have many options and career paths to pursue in the federal sector. Even if you lack the required education or experience there are ways to obtain skills needed to reach your career goals. This site offers career guidance, FREE downloadable planning forms, and directs you to valuable resources to help you set goals and design an IDP plan that will get you to where you want to be.


Educational Opportunities


I took advantage of numerous evening and distance learning college courses during my 35 years of government service to enhance my promotion potential. My last position, before I retired in 2005, was the Greater Pittsburgh International Airport's air traffic control tower manager for technical operations. There are many more attractive distance learning options available today.


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