University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Professional and Career Development

College of Continuing Education Career and Lifework Planning Services
The College of Continuing Education's career planning services can help you explore your options and guide you as you determine your next steps. We have years of experience in working with adults in the field of career development and transition. Individual consultations are tailored to meet your specific needs. We also offer a series of workshops developed to help you understand you individual need through proven assessments, learning how to search for opportunities that fit your needs, and then setting career and life goals and developing an action plan to achieve them.

University Counseling and Consulting Services Career Development Center
UCCS has designed a career counseling package that will help you adopt a strategic approach to increasing your professional satisfaction. Completing this systematic self-examination can help you create a strategic plan that capitalizes on your strengths, identifies areas for development, and structures your career planning. It consists of five phases:

  • Analyzing your recent strengths
  • Anticipating changes in your work environment
  • Clarifying your "ideal" job and roles
  • Identifying developmental goals needed to remain marketable
  • Creating a short and long-term "action plan" to help reach your goals

The package is available to the community at large and a discount is offered to the members of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Student Academic Success Services
Offers workshops, courses, and materials relating to improvement of academic skills and performance. Topics include effective management of time and test anxiety; study and note-taking techniques; improvement of memory and reading skills; and skills for writing research papers. SASS services are available to currently enrolled, degree-seeking students at the University.

College of Continuing Education (CCE)
U of M staff can tap into a vast array of programs for professional development or personal enrichment through the College of Continuing Education. Keep pace with the latest knowledge and practical application with noncredit certificates and courses in business, management, information technology, and human resources. You may also access evening and distance learning credit courses, credit certificate programs, and individualized and applied degrees.

Responsible Management of Research and Sponsored Projects
Workshops, instructional materials, and web-based resources to support faculty, graduate students and professional employees engaged in sponsored or un-sponsored research and other projects to understand the principles and procedures involved in the proposing and managing projects.

This program helps participants:

  • Acquire information about professional and ethical issues of authorship, mentoring, data management, and conflict of interest
  • Understand principles of protecting research subjects, informed consent, and respect for life when working with animals
  • Acquire information on fiscal responsibilities and related University policies and procedures, such as effort certification

Office of the General Counsel
Workshops for administrators, faculty and other employee groups on prevention law issues, such as sexual harassment, data practices, copyright and labor relations. Also available on a consultative basis concerning issues of preventive law. Staff includes several lawyers with diverse specialties.

Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators (CAPA)
Professional development opportunities for Professional and Administrative (P&A) employees:

  • Annual Academic Staff Awards program with winners receiving a cash award and professional development funds
  • Professional Development subcommittee directed toward research of potential ideas and sources of professional development funds for academic staff
  • Individual member representation from each Twin Cities campus college and administrative unit and the coordinate campuses serving as liaisons to their home units and academic staff groups

University Communicators Forum
The University of Minnesota Communicators Forum is a professional development organization for over 250 University communicators. Its purpose is to promote excellence in communications and enhance cooperation among communications professionals (writers, editors, graphic designers, marketers, etc.) working at the University.

Membership is open to all University employees as well as communicators from colleges and universities throughout Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Libraries
Seminars and consultation for faculty and staff on applications of Internet and World Wide Web resources available for research. Staff includes systems librarians, subject specialists and research consultants.

A secure, online interactive information management tool designed to give students, faculty, and staff an efficient way to document and reflect upon personal information, educational accomplishments, career goals, skills development, professional practices, and recognition received.

MyU Web Portal
Your customizable University of Minnesota home page, which allows you to select the information that you want (myNews) and the tools that you need (myToolkit), participate in discussions, and make connections with others sharing your interests.