Professional development is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to your profession, job responsibilities or work environment. Professional development is for everyone and it is recommended that all UC staff members have a professional development goal that they are working toward.
Thinking about your career
- The Future of Work
Thomas Malone, professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses changes in the labor economy.
- Making your career "just right"
Blog post from UC Berkeley's Wisdom Cafe.
- Telling your story: Communicating passion in your career
Short video from UC Davis Extension presenting techniques for effectively communicating passion and enthusiasm in your work and career.
Tools and resources
- Professional development guide
Guide to creating a vision of success, knowledge of the skills required to succeed, formal or informal assessments and an individual development plan.
- Development plan: On the job activity builder
This tool from will help you build your development plan by identifying on-the-job activities for developing specific competencies. Just select the competencies that you want to develop then create a development plan for them containing the recommended activities.
- UC Women’s Initiative for Professional Development (UC WI)
The systemwide UC WI program is designed for mid-career women, both faculty and staff, who demonstrate the potential to advance their careers at UC.
The continuing education arm of the University of California provides innovative learning programs to adult learners in California, across the U.S. and throughout the world. UC Extension provides knowledge and connections for people to achieve their personal and professional goals. In some cases, UC staff members may be eligible for reduced tuition, check the individual UC Extension’s website for more information.