Cultivating your career involves learnable skills. A recent count of Lynda.com courses resulted in well over 50 that directly address career development skills and topics. That’s great, but who has time to explore all of them? Here are a few selections suggested by professionals concerned with the career development of UC Berkeley staff.
The Spring schedule of career development workshops will kick off later this month. The workshops are held over the noon hour to fit into busy schedules, so feel free to bring your lunch. They address a full range of career development priorities, from clarifying your interests, skills and direction – to communicating your strengths through resumes, interviews, and online presence.
Norman Tom, who recently retired after a career at the College of Chemistry spanning several decades , doesn’t think of himself as an innovator; he modestly says he “just gets stuff done.” But his persistence and passion helped create valuable new professional development opportunities for staff. He’s a good example of how one person can quietly make a big difference.
Luis Hernández is an Academic Achievement Counselor with Cal Veterans, where his experiences as a veteran and Cal alumnus inform his work everyday. The Wisdom Café sat down with Luis, who shared his story as a first-generation immigrant, veteran, and Cal alum, in order to understand the crucial role he plays in the campus and staff communities.
If you are looking for one resource to help navigate the sometimes choppy waters of career planning, I would consider putting Richard Bolles’ What Color is Your Parachute at the top of your list. Bolles’ guide, which has been updated every year since its debut in 1970, provides practical and time-tested strategies for everything from initial career exploration through salary negotiation.
I hate being vulnerable. The older I get, however, the more I realize that it’s actually a virtue, and not a sign of weakness. This was a disturbing realization for me, and I felt a deep sense of kinship with Brene Brown when I came across this TED talk titled, “Vulnerability.” I can relate with almost everything she says about discovering that vulnerability is actually a key to strength of character and resilience, and I would highly recommend this to my colleagues as food for thought.
Dr. Sid Reel reflects on this year’s NOW Conference this past July. She offers suggestions on ‘taking charge of your career,’ based on this year’s NOW Conference theme: “Reflect, Envision, Act.”
Kari Hamilton, Associate Director of Career Services at the Goldman School of Public Policy, sat down with Joanne Straley, Senior Director of Student Services in the School of Journalism, to discuss her career, Berkeley Facilitator’s Network, and the Catalyst Program.
Developing your career involves a whole range of activities, such as assessing your strengths and preferences; exploring opportunity areas, and acquiring new skills. But what binds them together as a cohesive process? That’s the role of Career Management.
Brian Joseph, the College of Letters & Science Facility Manager, talks about how he’s built a career at Berkeley.
Five Final Thoughts About Growth at Work… Ending with the Beginning in Mind
We started this series with five career risks you should…
5 Ways to Improve Your Own (and others) Morale
Use these (and any other actions you can think of)…
- for your performance
- for your community
- for your future
- spotlight back to school
- terrie moore
- michelle bautista
- kathleen valerio
- leader as storyteller
- career story
- tom holub
- owning your career
- professional development
- doing your job
- take 5
- elizabeth wilcox