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Professional Development

Enhance your knowledge, skills, and abilities through a coordinated course of study. Customize your plan or earn a certificate in a critical area to achieve results for yourself and your organization.

Challenge yourself to grow and develop as a professional. Discover new ideas.  Improve your skills and abilities. Stay on top of your game by familiarizing yourself with the essentials, while also being challenged with new approaches. Find the program or plan that is right for you and your career path.

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) allows you to develop your goals and establish your own action plan; identifying short and long-term goals that benefit you and UofSC.

IDPs develop your skills through setting goals and then organizing those goals into a cohesive plan with defined timeframes and expected results.

Work with your manager to create an IDP that is uniquely tailored to your needs and supports your school, college, or division.

There are four steps in the individual development planning process. Use the IDP form [pdf] to document each step.

For examples to get you started check out the non-supervisory [pdf] and supervisory [pdf] IDPs.

The first step to developing an IDP is to determine your individual development needs. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are my future career aspirations?
  • What skill(s) would I like to develop?
  • How can I broaden my experience?
  • What learning or training would help me prepare for my future goals, or perform better in my current job?
  • What advancements or changes are occurring in my department – do I need to learn new skills to adapt?
  • What interests me?

Now that you have a better idea of your individual development needs, it’s time to set some specific goals. Focus on areas which are critical to your performance – select one or two areas to work on at a time. We recommend starting with a long–term (3-5 year) goal first, followed by a few specific, short-term (1-2 year) goals.  Work with your manager to determine priorities for the coming year. Make sure to consider how these goals will contribute to the organization.

The most effective goals are SMART:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Time-bound

Why Set Goals?
Goal setting, when done well, is a powerful strategy for personal and professional success. It’s one of the most effective methods for changing behavior, and it motivates you as an employee to improve job performance and productivity. 

Managers who set goals for their employees demonstrate Thier commitment to employee development. By setting defined goals, managers get better results from their employees than just saying “Do your best!” Goals clarify priorities and reduce stress and uncertainty.

Definitions

  • Personal goals – skills or activities you undertake because they improve your personal life (e.g. time management skills to improve your work and personal environment).
  • Professional goals – activities which contribute to the effectiveness of what you are currently doing and will help your college and/or department (e.g. improving your computer skills so you can develop spreadsheets).
  • Career goals – activities you undertake to advance your career beyond what you are currently doing (e.g. obtaining a degree for advancement or earning a certification).

The third step in the IDP process is to identify specific activities, training, and experiences needed to accomplish the goals you set. Determine what resources, support, or potential costs may be required for each one. A few examples of development opportunities to consider are:

  • Education (college courses, degree attainment, technical updating, etc.)
  • Challenging work assignments or projects designed to promote growth
  • Workshops, seminars and training classes offered through the Organizational and Professional Development Office or Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Professional certification prep such as Project Management, Microsoft Office and PHR/SPHR
  • Audio Books
  • Professional conferences (seminars, discipline-specific, etc.)
  • Service on college committees, professional associations or clubs
  • Professional organization membership
  • Other special projects, in-house training programs, mentoring, research, book clubs, etc.

It is difficult to sustain momentum towards goals that can’t be assessed. Determine how progress will be measured by defining success criteria for each goal; then set target dates by which each goal should be completed.

Once an IDP is in place, it's important to monitor and evaluate the results. Just taking a course or completing an assignment doesn't necessarily mean the plan was successful. The crucial step is applying what is learned to the job and practicing it. 

Use the results section of the IDP form [pdf] to monitor any progress. Note when tasks are completed, how new skills have been applied, identify areas for improvement, and provide words of encouragement.  

This certificate program is for new business personnel and experienced business managers who need refresher training. Participants who complete all four courses in this program receive a certificate of recognition for mastering the fundamental business processes at the UofSC. Courses in this certificate program may be taken in any sequence.

Note: Employees should always obtain supervisory approval to attend training courses offered through Organizational and Professional Development. 

Review our training calendar or course list by subject to register for any of the classes.

 

Program Curriculum

Highlighting the requirements of the S.C. Consolidated Procurement Code, this course  covers the different types of bids and how they are handled by the Purchasing Office. There will be an emphasis on how each method affects work scheduling.

August 20, 2019 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This course discusses the most commonly used Administration and Finance policies and procedures, including the basis for their inception and how they affect the day-to-day business of the university.

September 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course provides generalized information on the UofSC Purchasing Card, including how and when it should be used. This course is not the required purchasing card training for card holders or liaisons.

November 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Provides an overview of state and university policies employees must follow when purchasing equipment, materials and supplies for the University of South Carolina.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use UofSC purchasing forms.
  • Locate and apply mandatory procedures associated with S.C. Consolidated Procurement Code laws and regulations.
  • Determine methods of purchasing and procurement thresholds.
  • Document process flows to assure timely processing.
  • Make large expenditures that require bidding or documentation for sole source.
  • Apply tax options accurately when purchasing research equipment.
  • Use UofSC purchasing cards.
  • Interpret South Carolina state contracts.

October 23, 2019 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The LEAD (Supervisory Essentials) program, is required for all supervisors of University staff hired into a supervisory position after January 1, 2010 (Policy HR 1.51 [pdf]). It consists of six courses with a total of 21.5 classroom hours.

Note: Employees should always obtain supervisory approval to attend training courses offered through Organizational and Professional Development. 

Review our training calendar or course list by subject to register for any of the classes.

  • Flexible Leadership: Basics and Beyond (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Interviewing and Selecting Employees (6 classroom hours)
  • Coaching for Improved Performance (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Diagnosing Performance Problems (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Sexual Harassment Recognition and Prevention (2 classroom hours)
  • Managing Employee Performance Using EPMS (3 classroom hours)

Courses should be completed within 18 months of hire into a supervisory position. They may be taken in any sequence, but it is recommended that you take Flexible Leadership: Basics and Beyond prior to attending other LEAD courses.

To monitor your progress toward your certificate, log in and view your training record and use the Certificate of Completion Checklist [pdf] to help keep track. 

Certificates of completion are mailed out once a month. You can expect to receive your certificate the month following completion of the LEAD program.

Shortened preview sessions have been provided to departments; however, these sessions do not count toward the LEAD or LEAD 2 requirements. Shortened versions often omit significant sections of the full workshops and key concepts are not covered.

To meet the requirements of LEAD or LEAD 2, you must attend the entire class. Employees are expected to arrive on time, and stay until the course is completed. However, we will consider individual situations on a case-by-case basis.

Unfortunately, not at this time.

Yes, we will be happy to set up a time for your campus as long as there are at least 10 participants. Organizational and Professional Development has delivered LEAD courses for USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, USC Upstate and Union. 

There is no cost associated with attending LEAD or LEAD 2 courses at this time.

No-shows may be billed unless cancellations are confirmed 48 hours prior to the class date.

You may log into your training account to view your training record for LEAD and LEAD 2 courses. Use the Certificate of Completion Checklist [pdf] to help keep track of your progress. Please note, in order to log into this system you must have already created a training account. If you need a training record prior to December, 2013, please contact the Organizational and Professional Development Office by emailing hrtrain@mailbox.sc.edu or calling 803-777-6575. 

The best approach to obtaining your employee's training record is to request it directly from the employee. The record that the employee can provide will be identical to the record that we have available. You may also find it helpful to track your employee's progress by using the Certificate of Completion Checklist [pdf].

Yes, but attendance is based on space availability. If you manage students, you may be interested in taking the course Managing Student Employees. Please visit the Organizational and Professional Development course calendar to check availability and register.

Yes, you may. Non-supervisors may also attend LEAD 2 courses, if space is available.

Of course! We recognize all LEAD graduates once a month in the Organizational and Professional Development newsletter. You can expect to be recognized the month following your completion date.

The LEAD 2 certificate program is optional and consists of seven core courses and six hours of elective courses. There are a total of 28.5 classroom hours.

Note: Employees should always obtain supervisory approval to attend training courses offered through Organizational and Professional Development. 

Review our training calendar or course list by subject to register for any of the courses.

  • Communication Skills for Managers (3 classroom hours)
  • Generational Differences in the Workplace (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Conflict Resolution Skills (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Team Management (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Cross Cultural Communications (3 classroom hours)
  • Writing Effective Position Descriptions (3 classroom hours)
  • Effective Delegation (3 classroom hours)

All LEAD 2 participants must complete at least six hours of additional elective courses from the list below:

  • Presenting for Results – Parts I & II (8 classroom hours)
  • Managing Student Employees (3 classroom hours)
  • Training and Developing Employees (3 classroom hours)
  • Motivation in the Workplace (3 classroom hours)
  • Developing Performance Metrics (3 classroom hours)
  • Team Management – Part II (3.5 classroom hours)
  • Lean Process Improvement Basics (3 classroom hours)
  • Difficult Conversations (3.5 classroom hours)

To monitor your progress toward your certificate,  log in and view your training record. Use the Certificate of Completion Checklist [pdf] to help keep track.

Certificates of completion are mailed out once a month. You can expect to receive your certificate the month following completion of the LEAD 2 program.

Shortened preview sessions have been provided to departments; however, these sessions do not count toward the LEAD or LEAD 2 requirements. Shortened versions often omit significant sections of the full workshops and key concepts are not covered.

To meet the requirements of LEAD or LEAD 2, you must attend the entire class. Employees are expected to arrive on time, and stay until the course is completed. However, we will consider individual situations on a case-by-case basis.

Unfortunately, not at this time.

Yes, we will be happy to set up a time for your campus as long as there are at least 10 participants. Organizational and Professional Development has delivered LEAD courses for USC Aiken, USC Beaufort, USC Upstate and Union. 

There is no cost associated with attending LEAD or LEAD 2 courses at this time.

No-shows may be billed unless cancellations are confirmed 48 hours prior to the class date.

You may log into your training account to view your training record for LEAD and LEAD 2 courses. Use the Certificate of Completion Checklist [pdf] to help keep track of your progress. Please note, in order to log into this system you must have already created a training account. If you need training records prior to December, 2013, please contact the Organizational and Professional Development Office by emailing hrtrain@mailbox.sc.edu or calling 803-777-6575. 

The best approach to obtaining your employee's training record is to request it directly from the employee. You may also find it helpful to track your employee's progress by using the Certificate of Completion Checklist [pdf].

Yes, but attendance is based on space availability. If you manage students, you may be interested in taking the course Managing Student Employees. Please visit the Organizational and Professional Development calendar to check availability and register.

Yes, you may. Non-supervisors may also attend LEAD 2 courses, if space is available.

Of course! We recognize all LEAD graduates once a month in the Organizational and Professional Development newsletter. You can expect to be recognized the month following your completion date.


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