New conference helps employees manage their careers

January 18, 2018 By Marilyn Gardner

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is offering employees an opportunity to learn career development skills at a free conference, “Construct Your Career at UW.” The conference will take place Tuesday, March 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Union South.

This inaugural event is designed to support the career development of UW–Madison employees at every stage of the career life cycle. Workshops will provide the skills and tools needed to meet one’s career goals while remaining employed at UW–Madison.

“We want UW–Madison to be an employer of choice, where every employee can find career satisfaction and develop professionally, regardless of their position,” says Laurent Heller, vice chancellor for finance and administration. “Our goal is to retain the talented, dedicated employees we have here by providing ongoing career development opportunities. This is in the best interests of both the individuals who choose to work here and the university.”

Heller also notes that campus shared governance groups and the Finance and Administration Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) Council have identified professional development of employees as an important university priority.

Conference participants will learn how to assess where they are now, build a career plan, execute that plan, or continue building within their current role. Employees may attend for the full day, or come and go based on their interests and schedule. The event is designed to equip UW–Madison employees with lifelong career management skills.

A photographer will be on hand throughout the day to take professional portraits on a first-come, first-served basis. Representatives of UW–Madison offices that offer career-related services or career information will be available to answer questions at a resource fair.

Managers and supervisors are encouraged to approve requests from staff to attend the conference.

Participants are asked to register by Monday, Feb. 19, to secure a spot at the conference. Registration includes workshops, the keynote session, and a complimentary lunch.

The event is being hosted by Learning and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources, working in partnership with Adult Career and Special Student Services in the Division of Continuing Studies. Both of these units offer complimentary resources for employees who wish to develop their career management skills.