Professional & Career Development

Discover. Engage. Grow.

Enhance your skills for your current role and further foster your career through experiences, exposure, and structured learning.

Click on the categories below to further your growth and development.

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Grow Your Mind

One cornerstone of a positive culture of learning is empowering a growth mindset. Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist studied what differentiated people who succeed from those fail. It came down to whether they hold a fixed mindset or growth mindset, which is a belief about themselves and their abilities.

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Manage Your Performance

At Ohio State we value performance management strategies that fuel a high-performance culture. These resources focus on setting clear expectations, supporting development and engaging each of us in our role at the University.

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Engage with a Mentor

Mentoring is a valuable source of personal and professional development that focuses on guidance and career advice. Use these tips and tools to identify your mentoring goals and build a successful relationship.

Mentor Toolkit

Protege Toolkit

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Plan Your Next Move

A career is intended to be an accumulation of challenging experiences over the course of many years – with each experience contributing to the growth of the individual and the university. A career is a long term journey – not a sprint. Be intentional about your unique career journey. Realistic and desirable planning involves good decisions. Good decisions are based on good information – about yourself, career options, the university, and industry trends. What are your career goals? Your strengths? What skills would you like to enhance or develop? Reflect and set goals that complement your learning, talents, development and passion.

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Foster Positive Relationships

Everyday we are faced with emails, text messages, billboards, television, radio, Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Thousands of words are coming at us from everywhere! At the same time we have messages we want to send to others. Experts say most people speak about sixteen thousand words a day. So how can we make the words count and really communicate with others?

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Build Resiliency

Are you able to bounce back from challenges and setbacks? Can you reset your mindset and get unstuck? Do you practice self-compassion?

When you are resilient in the face of life’s challenges, you move toward greater well-being and away from stress, worry, frustration and hurt. Use these resources to reflect on your resilience and set strategies for becoming even more resilient.

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Apply for a Professional Development Grant

At Ohio State, we embrace an environment where learning is a priority. The Staff Career Development Grant and Staff Manager Development Grant are one way the university supports continuous growth in insight, experience, knowledge and skills. Grants can be used for education and training costs related to job and/or career goals, such as registration fees, travel costs or training materials.

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LinkedIn Learning License

As a member of the Ohio State Staff community, you can request full access to LinkedIn Learning resources. Explore available content and work with your manager to identify courses to best expand your professional development. Eligible Licenses will be granted every Friday.

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Available Classes

BuckeyeLearn is a university-wide online training tool, allowing learning and training opportunities to be easily accessed by the university community of faculty, staff and student employees. Check out the following instructor-led and online classes offered by the Office of Human Resources in Buckeye Learn.