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Your developement

How can I keep my personal and professional development moving forward? How can I perform my work even better? Where can I find assistance in progressing my development? How can I discuss my wishes and ambitions?

Would you like to further your development in your current specialism, or work on your personal skills? There are various ways of achieving this. One way is to take part in one of the many training courses provided by UT. Another is through the support of a mentor or coach. Careers advice is a good way of carefully considering your wishes and ambitions, and your next steps. It is important and useful to actively discuss these matters with your manager. A good time to do this is during your annual performance appraisal.

Investing in yourself and your own development often results in your work becoming more enjoyable and makes sure you keep moving forward.

TRAINING COURSES

Are you looking to enhance your professional skills or broaden your knowledge of your field?
UT believes very strongly in the development of its employees, with a view to achieving inspirational teaching, ground-breaking research, relevant innovation, and outstanding professional support. Training courses are an excellent way of boosting your current position or of preparing for your next career move. Every training course for the University’s employees can be found at the Centre for Training and Development. They have been categorised according to six themes:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Language and communication
  • Leadership
  • Career development
  • Personal effectiveness

There is also a specific range of options for PhD students and postdocs. Take a look at your training course options on the Centre for Training and Development website.

MENTOR

If you would like to work on your career or other development with the help of a senior colleague, then you should consider the mentor programme. In four discussions with your mentor, you have the opportunity to examine your personal career issues. This could deal with such questions as how to expand your network? What are the unwritten rules at UT? How can I prepare for the next step in my career? It is also a chance to spar with your colleagues during peer-to-peer review sessions.

UT organises the mentor programme for both academic and support staff. They start once a year for each specific target group.

COACHING

Would you like to develop your personal effectiveness or leadership skills? Or do you encounter issues at work where you feel you are not maximising your potential? Coaching is a very effective and intensive way of assisting with your personal and professional development. A coach will help you to distance yourself from your own situation, to see things from a wider perspective, and to make progress. Coaching will focus on your personal learning process. This may involve issues that relate to your current role in the organisation or to your personal development. For some areas, we have various qualified coaches available, each with their own areas of expertise, such as leadership, communication or self-confidence.

Coaching programmes are not free of charge. Talk to your manager to find out whether coaching would be appropriate to your development.

CAREERS ADVICE

Is your job right for you, or is it time to move on? Do you actually know where your talents, qualities, and ambitions lie? Careers advice can help you achieve a better understanding of who you are, what you are good at and what you are looking for from your work. The result will be concrete advice on what your next steps should be.

The process is as follows. First, the Career Development Centre conducts an intake interview. We then jointly decide on the next step. Short programmes are managed internally by the Career Development Centre advisors. For more detailed programmes, we work in partnership with various companies that specialise in careers advice.

The more detailed programmes are not free of charge; you should discuss the options for embarking on one with your manager.

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL

In the annual performance appraisal you have with your manager, you look at both your performance and your development. What competencies would you like to work on in order to be able to do your current or future work more effectively? Are you in the right job? What might a suitable next step be?

The Career Development Centre offers a range of tools that can help you during discussions on your development. For example, there is a 360-degree feedback instrument in which you ask for and receive feedback from everyone you work with, manage, or who manages you. In other words, the feedback is more wide ranging than what you receive from only your own manager.

Your annual interview is also a good time to talk with your manager about how the two development days that form part of the Collective Labour Agreement are to be used. You can use these days for a wide range of activities that contribute to your personal development and deployability in the context of your current or future work.

You and your manager may conclude that you would benefit from personalised advice. If so, please contact the advisors at the Career Development Centre.