Written by Susie Hill
In pursuing my own professional development, I first have to step on some A.N.T.S (Automatic Negative Thinking) according to Daniel Amen . There are times when fear of trying something new can be such a challenge, that I can actually talk myself out of trying before I even get started. But luckily, my being nosy got me to peruse the UC Berkeley website when I first started working here, and that lead me to find the Berkeley Staff Assembly and the Wisdom Café website, a one stop shop to gather information for your professional development needs.
I felt like a kid in a candy shop reading about the Communities of Practice, with staff willing to inspire, encourage, and to share their vast knowledge and insights with lil ole me. Their enthusiasm to pass on professional development knowledge motivates me to want to step out of my comfort zone and become curious about what new skill sets I should acquire that are crucial and helpful to me.
Some examples of professional development trainings I have taken so far, and that were taught by two magnificent and highly professional staff members (Kathleen Valerio and Keith Samsell) are the Microsoft excel Formulas and Functions, MS Word Design and Formatting, Google Sheets, and bDrive & Box On-line Collaboration Tools. Acquiring the updated Microsoft knowledge and information has allowed me to gain new insights to help analyze data in my department, and better support those who I work with on a daily basis.
As a new employee to UC Berkeley, I felt it was imperative for me to identify the strengths that I currently possess, and to build upon them. I became a member of the BSA Governing Council, and twice a month I get the opportunity to meet with, learn from, and receive indirect mentorship from some of the most outstanding and talented mid and upper level Managers here on campus.
It is through my self-reflection, continuous professional development engagement, as well as during the observation (indirect mentoring) process, that I can begin to develop, in tandem with my supervisor, a professional development plan to help me become actively engaged in the continuous learning process. With this being said, I encourage YOU to pursue your professional development learning, and you can start by visiting the Wisdom Café website to find out more information on professional development and campus resources for you.
Speaking of “essential on the job experience”, we have an outstanding campus staff member who champions and is the epitome of professional development to its fullest, by engaging and encouraging staff as she says, “be a student in your own life!” So, to Inette Dishler, thank you for helping me to step on my A.N.T.S and write this post as part of my development!
What do you do for YOUR development? Share a thought or story in the comments section below…