August is the time our campus buzzes with energy and activity as the academic year begins, and the focus on our learning mission becomes laser sharp. We are used to thinking of this mission in terms of our students and faculty, but staff should not be missing from this equation.
Learning is everyone’s prerogative and should feel essential for all of us.
Learning is everyone’s prerogative and should feel essential for all of us. As Alfred Edward Perlman said, “Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.” To this end we encourage all staff to create a individual development plan in conversation with your manager, and to actively pursue your development continuously.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help focus your learning goals:
- What am I curious about right now?
- What do I need to learn to keep up with the changes in my unit/department?
- What strengths would I like to leverage more fully?
- What do I want to get better at?
- What are my career goals for the next 3-5 years?
On the job experiences are the most powerful way to gain professional skills.
Once you have a sense of your development goals, think about how you can pursue them on-the-job, through your learning network, and in formal training and education. On the job experiences are the most powerful way to gain professional skills.
It is always the time to be a student in your own life! What are you doing to advance your own learning and live our mission?
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