Reasons for undertaking professional development

• Leverage strengths. You were hired because your knowledge, skills and abilities. It makes sense to find opportunities to use these strengths within your job at the University. You feel especially energized and motivated to give extra effort when your strengths intersect with the needs of the organization.

• Close a gap. Each year you may identify performance goals as part of the planning process for the upcoming fiscal year. If there is a gap between what you are expected to do and what you currently know or are able to do, that skill is a possible area for development.

• Develop transferable skills. In addition to the technical or professional knowledge and skills you may need to do your specific job, you might want to further develop skills that enhance your performance in your current role and are transferable to other positions or roles. These skills may include interpersonal, management and leadership skills.

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