During the school year it’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day, and become so busy keeping up with work and homelife, that we don’t always make time for ourselves to grow personally or professionally. That’s why I am encouraging you, my UC Berkeley colleagues, to take some time to learn something new this summer.
I have been inspired to do this personally because of my volunteer work on the One IT Committee. Over the past few months we’ve been busy planning our upcoming annual One IT Summit, which is a conference designed to share, inspire, and shape the future of IT at UC Berkeley. This year we are launching a series of professional and personal development opportunities, which we’re calling the Summer of Learning. Most of the offerings relate to our IT workforce development plan, so they include classes specific to improving technical skills. I’m most excited to take the Hands-On Introduction to Touchpoint Mapping, as it promises to help me “step back and think about your users and your service holistically” – something that can seem like a luxury during the year. There are also a bunch of Lynda.com classes that I am going to block time off to take since they are self-paced and I can take them at my convenience.
And since it’s summer, I am going to take the opportunity to have some fun. I’ve already downloaded the Babbel language app so I can keep up with my daughter who’s starting a Spanish bilingual program this fall. I’ll also be signing up for a cooking class at Kitchen on Fire, where I can practice my knife wielding skills and perfect my paella. And if I really get my act together, you may catch me on a skateboard (did you know there are family and adult skate classes?)!
I want to know: what are you excited to learn this summer?