Career Development

Career development, undertaken by the employee, with support and encouragement from management, helps build lifelong careers and achieve long-term work/life satisfaction. Assisting individuals with developing their career potential helps the University of Michigan to recruit and retain the talent necessary to be a great public university.

Today's workforce is not satisfied simply with finding a job, but is intent on establishing a career. Career pathing and development are invaluable for employees who seek long-term growth within our organization.

Whether you are planning your career or helping others to plan theirs,  this web site will direct you to a wealth of information, resources and tools for career self-assessment, planning, preparation and job search.

Career Path Navigator

The U-M Career Path Navigator is designed as a general guide to assist in your personal career planning. This site will show you how your current position relates to other market titles in the U-M Career Family Classification System. The site allows you to review and compare positions and even career changes. Additionally, you’ll be able to see what actual market title moves have been made by other staff members.


More Career Development Resources

Recommended Reading

General Career Development

What Color is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for job Hunters and Career Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles; Ten Speed Press (2007)

The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need, (Free resource  for U-M employees through Mirlyn) by Daniel H. Pink; Riverhead Trade (2008)

Escape the Mid-Career Doldrums: What to do Next When You're Bored, Burned Out, Retired or Fired, by Marcia L. Worthing; Wiley (2007)

The Promotable Woman, by Norma Carr-Ruffino; Career Press (2004)

Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You'll Love to Do, by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou; AMACOM (2007)

Self Assessment and Readiness

Please Understand Me: Character and Temperament Types, by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates; Prometheus Nemesis Book Co. (1997)

Professional Development

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter; Hyperion (2007)

Job Search and Preparation

Every Woman's Essential Job Hunting & Resume Book, by Laura Morin; Adams Publications

Knock 'Em Dead 2008: The Ultimate Job Seeker's Handbook, by Martin John Yate; Adams

Better Resumes for Executives and Professionals, by Robert F. Wilson and Adele B. Lewis; Barron's Educational Series

Resumes for Dummies, by Joyce Lain Kennedy (2007)

Job Interviews for Dummies, by Joyce Lain Kennedy (2008)

175 High Impact Cover Letters, 3rd Edition, by Richard H. Beatty; Wiley (2002)