What is Professional Development
Professional development is the process of continuous learning to meet your career goals and keep your skills relevant for the current workforce. Professional development is different from training. Training teaches you how to perform job functions. Professional development is forward focused and is customized to the individual seeking development. The process of professional development involves:
- Assessing your current career status
- Outlining personal career goals
- Identifying skills and competencies needed to meet your career goals
- Developing a learning plan that includes a mix of on-the-job experience, training, reading and mentoring that will help you build the skills and competencies you identified.
The Lynda.com course entitled “Career Development Guide” will help you build a career plan.
UT Austin Learning Resources
UTLearn is the The University of Texas at Austin’s employee training management system. Employees can search and register for both instructor-led and online courses.
Human Resources offers certificate programs in the areas of management, workplace productivity, human resources, and conflict management.
All university faculty and staff have free access to library books and resources. Staff are allowed to check out books for an entire semester.
Campus Professional Development and Training
Accounting and Finance
Financials Training Resources– Define and accounting training resources
University Compliance Services – Training on laws, rules, and policies that govern employees when they carry out official duties.
Conflict and Dispute Resolution
The Office of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution offers classes in conflict management, authentic listening and communication.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program offers both campus-wide presentations and training as well as departmental presentations.
Management and Human Resources
Management Essentials Certificate Program (CareerSmart)- an in-depth look at the policies, practices, and procedures needed to be a successful manager at UT Austin.
HR Organization Effectiveness offers both campus-wide and customized departmental professional development and leadership development offerings.
Registrar Training– Training on Registrar Office systems such as degree audits, student registration, grade reporting, veteran services and room scheduling
Environmental Health and Safety – Training on Lab Safety, HazCom, and Hazmat Transportation
Fire Prevention Services – Fire Extinguisher Training
Additional Campus Professional Development Providers
Center for Professional Education – The Center for Professional Education (CPE) at UT Austin provides ready access to career training for anyone with a desire to learn. CPE designs and delivers face-to-face and online noncredit programs for individuals interested in improving their professional skills or who seek a credential or a career change.
Governor’s Center for Management Development – Offering practical leadership and management training/development, keynotes, conference presentations, facilitation and executive coaching.
Human Dimensions of Organizations – HDO brings together UT Austin’s finest researchers from multiple disciplines with an interest in providing transformative education experiences for current and aspiring leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.
HDO seminars combine cutting-edge research with real-world application to provide practical and immediately relevant tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic leadership.
Texas Executive Education – Offers education and leadership development through Custom Programs and Open Enrollment classes. These graduate-level, non-degree programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge, connections and expertise to go further in your career and your life. The in-person, interactive classes are taught by world-class faculty from the McCombs School of Business.