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New web site targets career development at U of T

Online career development service launched

Is there something missing from your career? If it’s been a while since you’ve felt excited about professional challenges, you may be wondering if it’s time for a change.

Take control of your career with my.career – a new interactive online service offered by the Organizational Development and Learning Centre (ODLC) at the University of Toronto. The new web site, my.career is designed to assist employees who are contemplating their next career move, either within or outside of the university, or who are looking for ways in which to expand their current role. It also provides guidance to managers on how to coach employees through their career development path.

“Offering employees a rich and rewarding professional experience is important for any organization,” says Christina Sass-Kortsak, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources. “We hope this resource will help employees to identify their career objectives and create opportunities for them to achieve these goals.”

The service was developed in-house by the centre and is specifically targeted to the U of T employee experience. Based on the LEAD strategy (Learn, Explore, Act and Develop), my.career gives employees the tools they need to refresh their careers and explore new prospects.

One of the highlights of my.career is a skills assessment module, which helps employees to properly evaluate skills and abilities in eleven different categories. “The assessment encourages employees to value the skills they gain from all areas of their lives – professional, educational and through volunteer work,” says ODLC Career Services Coordinator Beverly Kahn. “It highlights areas of strength upon which employees should capitalize.”

The service also offers a career development plan template for employees to map out their career journey. Samples of cover letters and resumes are available to assist employees who are ready to market themselves for the next step in their careers.

Kahn, who led the team that created my.career, points out that career management is a partnership between an employee and his or her manager. “The manager section of my.career is designed to aid managers in becoming ‘coaches’ for their employees through the COACH model (Create, Optimize, Advance, Coordinate and Help).” It’s vital that managers take an active role in supporting their staff as they grow in their careers, she adds.

As well as the my.career service, the centre offers workshops for managers, and one-on-one sessions with staff who want to direct their careers.

The my.career service is found online at www.utoronto.ca/hrhome/odlc/career/my.career/mycarintro.htm. More information on services, workshops and courses offered by ODLC can be found at www.utoronto.ca/hrhome/odlc.

by Lanna Crucefix




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