Career Development


Designed to help employees build valuable works skills and enhance their performance, these programs provide a dynamic learning experience that will enable staff to hone their day-to-day professional skills, and for supervisors to create an environment conducive to success. Opportunities are also available to explore the educational and cultural resources available at the University to develop meaningful career opportunities.

Developing Your Career at the University of Pittsburgh

Presenter: Sherry Miller Brown, faculty
University of Pittsburgh

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: McCarl Center Conference Room, 1400 Posvar Hall

Participants: All staff interested in exploring career possibilities. 

In this workshop participants will be introduced to a four-step career planning process that incorporates many of the cultural, educational and/or career development opportunities available through the University of Pittsburgh. Modeled after the Pitt Pathway – a career planning process developed for students at the University of Pittsburgh - this four step plan encourages employees to take personal responsibility for their careers while employed at the University. In this workshop we will discuss ways to get personal career counseling, how to develop personal academic portfolios, and how to gain experience through the university system.

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Resume Writing and Cover Letters

Presenter: Mark Burdsall, senior consultant
Organization Development

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: noon – 1:30 p.m. 
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Participants: Staff who would like to update their résumés and learn how to compose an effective cover letter

A good resume is a powerful marketing tool for communicating strengths and accomplishments to a hiring manager. A cover letter helps relate an individual’s experience and skills to those required in the open position. This workshop offers detailed and practical steps to developing an effective resume and cover letter. Useful handouts are provided to help participants build on training provided at the workshop.

Note: Supervisor approval is not required for this workshop if time is not taken away from regular work hours (i.e. lunch hour).To register this way, please submit a paper registration form. Otherwise, please use the link to online registration below.

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Starting or Completing an Undergraduate Degree or Certificate

Presenter: Kaitlin Yacob, director of recruitment and enrollment
College of General Studies
Kim Phillips, benefits representative
Office of Human Resources

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: The McCarl Center Conference Room
College of General Studies, 1400 Posvar Hall (1st Floor)

Who Should Attend:  All staff interested in an undergraduate degree, certificate programs and post-baccalaureate classes 

Have you been thinking about starting or completing an undergraduate degree or certificate program? Degree and certificate programs, Saturday and summer programs, external study programs, and day and night classes are all available with your tuition reimbursement benefit through the College of General Studies (CGS). CGS pre-professional programs also can prepare you for programs at other schools and colleges at Pitt. In this workshop you will learn about the variety of ways the needs of nontraditional students can be met at the University. Topics include choosing the right undergraduate program, navigating the admission process, and how your staff tuition benefits can be used.

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Using Social Media for Career Development

Presenter: Kyshira Moffett, assist director of career management
Katz Graduate School of Business

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: 9:030 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Location: 342 Craig Hall

Who Should Attend:  All staff interested in developing their career 

Are you ready to incorporate social media into your career development plan? In this session we cover the basics of building brand credibility, building digital relationships and showcasing your skills online! Your brand is your gateway to success. A positive and impactful brand can lead to career and business opportunities beyond what you may have envisioned for yourself.  The tools we will cover include: Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and more! Additionally, this session highlights the advantage of having a personal website and online portfolio.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or smart phone with internet capabilities.

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Continuing Education

Degree and certificate programs are available to faculty and staff with tuition reimbursement benefits through the College of General Studies (CGS) and other schools at the University. For more information, visit