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Week of February 11, 2013

New Career Development Passport Pilot planned

A new initiative on career development that will help U-M staff to take more responsibility for their career aspirations is being piloted this year.

The Career Development Passport Pilot was collaboratively developed by the VOICES of the Staff Career Development Network Group, University Human Resources, Health System Human Resources, the Center for the Education of Women and the Women of Color Task Force.

This is a self-led initiative that provides opportunities for as many as 900 staff members from the Ann Arbor and medical campuses. People wishing to participate can sign up now, in advance of the pilot, which is scheduled to launch in March.

Highlights include:

• The program is open to regular staff on the Ann Arbor and Medical campuses.

• A Career Development Passport booklet for tracking progress is available in hard copy and online.

• The ability to create an e-portfolio — a personal transcript created via MLearning.

• U-M units/departments will be serving as career development partners .

• Networking opportunities to meet potential personal advisers, such as coaches, mentors or counselors.

• Access to no-cost monthly learning events.

• Access to a variety of self-assessments, resources and information for personal career planning.

Participation allows staff to focus on their contribution toward the institution’s commitment to a shared-responsibility model for staff development. The expectations for this shared-responsibility model include cross-communication within the unit/department.

While supervisor permission is not a requirement for participation in the pilot, interested staff members are highly encouraged to initiate communication, as well as acquaint themselves with any unit-level professional development guidelines that may affect full participation.


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