Staff Career Development Program

Program Contact

Dahlia Smith, LCSW​
Staff Career Development Advisor & Program Manager

  Dahlia.Smith@colorado.edu
303-735-7808
 ARCE, East Campus 3rd floor

The Staff Career Development Program (SCDP) in the Department of Human Resources exists for all staff employed on the Boulder campus, and provides both individual advising and group career development on topics ranging from career exploration to job search strategies. The services do not include job placement, transfers, referrals, or a guarantee of securing any specific position.

CU Boulder invests in their employees by providing career support for those staff interested in applying for internal opportunities, as well as furthering their careers. There is no cost for individual and group services.  

Career Advising

The Staff Career Development Advisor is available to meet with employees for individual fifty minute advising sessions on the following topics:

  • Maximize your strengths and competencies to increase job satisfaction and efficacy;
  • Improve communication in your current role;
  • Explore your career trajectory and possibilities;
  • Build relationships through occupational inquiry and networking;
  • Pursue promotional opportunities;
  • Receive resume tips and feedback;
  • Practice your interviewing skills.

Contact: Dahlia Smith, LCSW, at Dahlia.Smith@colorado.edu

Location: East Campus Administrative and Research Center (ARC)

Workshops

The Staff Career Development Program offers a variety of workshops held monthly, offered in two series:

Series One

 Career Exploration

Participants will explore career-related priorities and options through the use of assessments to identify skills, values, personality traits and work history accomplishments that relate to job satisfaction. Additionally, they will learn how to research careers both through online research and an occupational inquiry process.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Select workshop topic below for registration information. 

Topics include:

Overview

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to work with the Knowdell™ Motivated Skills Card Sort to identify skills that inspire you in your professional life. These skills are central to both personal and career satisfaction, as well as to your success. The assessment will also assist you in considering your proficiency levels in fifty-one transferable skill areas.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to…..

  • Identify skills that you most enjoy using and in which you are highly proficient.  
  • Describe portable skills that can bridge a transition to a new position or refine your current position.
  • Analyze and determine skills to delete from your résumé, including burn-out skills, to maximize job fit and satisfaction.
  • Discover "developmental skills," which include areas to learn new skills, which can help you create a plan for future professional growth.

Who Should Attend: CU Boulder staff 

  • Date: Feb. 28, 2020
  • Time:  3:30 -5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Administrative Research Center (ARC), Room 346
  • Cost: Free

Register for Skills to Motivate Career Momentum

Overview

The Knowdell™ Career Values Card Sort is an assessment that can help you identify values that serve as a fundamental guide in your professional life. You’ll explore fifty-four variables of work satisfaction, as they apply to your current and future employment experience.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to…..

  • Define factors affecting your career satisfaction. 
  • Analyze your values to better determine areas of congruence and conflict in your current job and in potential career choices.
  • Create a plan for future professional development, including evaluating how your values shape your ideal work environment.

Who Should Attend: CU Boulder staff 

  • Date: March 20, 2020
  • Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Administrative and Research Center (ARC), Room 346
  • Cost: Free

Register for Career Values that Bedrock Your World

Overview

In our day-to-day work we tend to overlook and minimize our accomplishments, focusing on the more occasional outstanding successes. In this workshop, you will begin to assess your work history, to cull out themes, as well as identify areas of satisfaction and transferable skills to showcase in your current job or to highlight in a resume. Additionally, you will explore your optimal work environment.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to…..

  • Develop a Master List which includes accomplishments in your current position.
  • Identify areas of special satisfaction and analyze themes of success.
  • Formulate a description of an optimal work environment. 

Who Should Attend: CU Boulder staff

  • Date: April 24, 2020
  • Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Administrative and Research Center (ARC), Room 346
  • Cost: Free

Register for Master List

Overview

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality assessment which can help you to identify your communication and decision-making style. Once you have taken the assessment and received an interpretation of your results, this workshop can assist you in applying the information specifically to the work place. The focus of this workshop will be how to maximize your energy at work, discovering areas of “fit” with your current job or with future career paths which you may be considering.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to…..

  • Identify MBTI preference categories.
  • Understand how MBTI preferences apply to the workplace.
  • Analyze areas of congruence and dissonance with your current position and/or a career you are considering.
  • Evaluate how you may refine your current position to improve the fit with your preferences.

Who Should Attend: CU Boulder staff who have completed an MBTI assessment (Assessment options: https://www.mbtionline.com/TaketheMBTI  for $49.95 plus tax or when offered through CU Boulder Human Resources training for $45.90). 

  • Date: May 29
  • Time: 3:30 -5:00 p.m.
  •  Administrative and Research Center (ARC), Room 346
  • Cost: Free, unless assessment needs to be taken

Register for Personality Traits and Career Satisfaction

Overview

Career research is key in helping you determine your fit with a career path, as well as for developing contacts within that field and providing you an insider’s view that can improve your ability to interview well, if you decide to pursue a particular path. Additionally, career research may also provide you information to write a stellar graduate school application, if furthering your education is your next step.

In this workshop you will learn about online research, as well as a person-to-person approach called Occupational Inquiry, which will also help you build confidence in your ability to network.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to…..

  • Identify online resources for researching occupations.
  • Understand the Occupational Inquiry Method for conducting informational interviews.
  • Begin to identify ideals and non-negotiables to prepare for Occupational Inquiry visits.
  • Develop a plan for next steps in the career research process.

Who Should Attend: CU Boulder staff (limited to 20 participants)

  • Date: May 20, 2019
  • Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Administrative and Research Center (ARC), Room 346
  • Cost: Free

Register for Career Research Methods