• Strategies for Staying on Top of Staff Development

    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    February 5, 2014

    A key component for your career center to provide effective staff training and development is to assess the knowledge and talents it has in-house and devise ways that are compatible with its culture to share those resources.

    Strategies to accomplish this may include:

    • Making training and development part of your career center’s culture—Be collaborative and creative in making sure that learning is a regular part of your staff members’ lives. Make professional development a departmental philosophy, and facilitate a culture of staff members supporting one another.
    • Keeping up with the evolving field—In your staff development efforts, make sure to keep skills fresh and keep pace with the changing nature of the field by updating your knowledge base, including your online sources and the social media sites you use.
    • Sharing knowledge and training to get the maximum ROI—When career services staff members attend professional conferences and meetings, encourage them to share what was discussed and what they learned with the rest of the staff through e-mails or presentations. The same tactic should apply to webinars and other relevant programming.
    • Enlisting interns to assist with your training efforts—Develop or tap into an intern training program. As part of the students’ experience, career services staff could assign them research projects that culminate with the students making presentations to the staff, or creating handouts or web pages on current issues or topics.
    • Taking advantage of pockets of time—Implement a “lunch and learn” series of professional development programs and encourage each staff member to present or arrange a lunch-and-learn program once a year. In addition to staff, solicit employers, faculty members, interns, colleagues from other departments, and others to make presentations during this program.

    Develop meaningful professional development plans for yourself and your staff by using NACE’s Professional Competencies for College and University Career Services Practitioners.