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Learning and Growth Opportunities

Identifying learning and growth opportunities encourages each staff member to reflect on what they do well and could do even better, and on what they could improve. Understanding the professional staff member's thoughts about learning and growth encourages the manager to provide thoughtful feedback and also offer their own suggestions.

Professional Staff Member Example: "I am interested in moving into a leadership role within 1-2 years."

Manager Example: "I'm happy to hear that you're interested in taking on a leadership role. Let's talk more about what that means to you, and what kind of leadership role you envision. Learning more about yourself and how you operate can be a great place to start when you're figuring out how you can be a good leader."

Examples of Learning & Growth Opportunities

  • Matriculate into a degree program

  • Complete a non-credit course or program – see Goodwin Continuing Professional Education for some examples

  • Complete a program from Drexel HR

  • Attend learning offerings from Drexel departments – see Office of Research or Office of Equality and Diversity

  • Shadow an expert

  • Complete a stretch assignment

  • Find a mentor (internal and external)

  • Request routine feedback (from manager, colleagues, etc.)

  • Request an informational interview

  • Join a committee

  • Join a professional association

  • Find a TED Talk to discuss with colleagues

  • Use Google - find free assessments, read articles, and put your learning into practice – see Mind Tools for some examples

  • Try MOOCs (Edex, Coursera, etc.)

  • Portable learning (audiobooks, podcasts, etc.)

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