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Finding satisfying work

Career foundations are the focus of a new full-day workshop

By Rosie Barry

Brief, Oct. 4, 2006

What makes work satisfying and meaningful? Is it providing for your practical needs? Or being able to incorporate your interests and values into the work you do? It might be all these things or more.

In working with employees at the University of Minnesota, the career consultants in the Center for Human Resource Development (CHRD) understand that work style, learning style, practical needs, interests, skills, personality type, values, and dreams all play a part in developing career goals. The weight that a person gives to those factors can vary significantly, but each can be a critical part of the whole picture. Discovering what's important to you can be a tremendous asset in charting your future career path.

Over the years, many employees have addressed parts of this puzzle through specialized workshops on personality, skills, and interests. It became apparent to the CHRD staff that developing a comprehensive workshop to incorporate all of the pieces and get people started on a planning path was important.

Career Foundations is designed to build a greater understanding of your individual skills, preferences, values, and interests, as well as a renewed sense of direction.

If you are ready to explore new dimensions for your career, the new course, Career Foundations, may fit your needs. This day-long workshop, scheduled for the first time on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is designed to help you start setting directions toward achieving your goals. Participants will take both the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II assessments, as well as complete additional exercises toward creating an individual development plan. By the end of the workshop, participants will gain a greater understanding of their skills, preferences, values, and interests, as well as a renewed sense of direction.

Cindy Schultz
Cindy Schultz

Teri Spillers
Teri Spillers

The workshop is open to all University employees. Cindy Schultz and Teri Spillers, employee career consultants at the University, will facilitate. A fee of $46 covers the cost of the assessment instruments.

To register, go to Employee Career Enrichment Program. Register soon, since class size is limited. If you're interested but can't attend the Oct. 25 session, a second Career Foundations Day is scheduled on Thursday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in 210 Donhowe, Twin Cities campus.

If you would like more information, call 612-626-0774 or send an e-mail message to the Center for Human Resource Development.


Rosie Barry is the assistant director of the Center for Human Resources Development, Twin Cities campus.