University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Training & Development Opportunities

University of Minnesota employees have access to over a hundred professional development opportunities annually. With convenient schedules and locations, employees can select classes to improve skills in their current job, one-on-one counseling for exploring ongoing career options, or leadership programs to prepare for future growth.

Last year, roughly 13,000 participants chose from 359 course sessions, all offered at no charge to University employees. Programs and services available include:

Employee Career Services

  • Courses designed to enhance career development and selection
  • Certified career counselors provide one-on-one counseling at no cost to employees
  • Career Job Networking group
  • Team-building workshops
  • Conflict management sessions customized for departments or units

Professional Development

  • Professional skills courses provide information and hands-on practice in workplace skills such as facilitating meetings, making presentations, and managing time
  • Interpersonal skills courses focus on dealing with conflict, working with difficult people, and thinking creatively

Supervisory Development

  • Development opportunities for supervisors and managers, at all stages of their careers

Relocation Assistance Program

  • Provides resources to employees relocating to the Twin Cities including information on housing, moving, transportation, child and elder care, school systems, community services, and resources for women and people of color
  • Spouse/partner services including guidance in a job search, resume/curriculum vitae review, and career counseling

Training Services

  • Provides skill-building courses specific to today's University jobs
  • Courses in three main areas:

    • Financial Management System
    • Human Resource Management System
    • Sponsored Projects Administration

Leadership Development Program

  • Preparation and assistance for academic leaders, managers, and supervisors to help them perform their roles effectively in support of the University mission of research, teaching, and outreach
  • Management education, training, and support through the Supervisory Training Program, President's Emerging Leaders Program, Women's Leadership Institute, and Orientation Seminar Series for New Academic Chairs and Heads

Whether employees are seeking training in human resource development, financial and sponsored project management systems, service improvement, career development, or leadership development, the Office of Human Resources has course offerings to fit the needs of the University community.