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.
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.
Everyone has the capacity to tap into their not-so-elusive creative mojo. Whether you are a writer, a student, or a business person, each one of us, deep down, has a creative voice that drives innovation. For some, that creative voice may be silenced by the “noise” from our busy lives or the resounding voice of fear. So, how can we hit the mute button?
Continuous learning has been called a critical competency for the 21st century. Keeping skills current helps people to stay relevant in the world of work, and to prepare for appealing future opportunities. Think about this: your skills represent much of what you market in your resume and in job interviews.
Focus Groups on Learning Opportunities
Learning and Development within Central Human Resources is listening to…
- for your future
- for your community
- career development
- spotlight back to school
- michelle bautista
- leader as storyteller
- terrie moore
- kathleen valerio
- career story
- tom holub
- owning your career
- doing your job
- professional development
- take 5
- elizabeth wilcox