Who can participate?
Regular Ann Arbor campus and Health System staff are eligible to participate in the program. Flint and Dearborn campus staff are not eligible to participate at this time.
What tools/resources are available to the participants?
Participants have an opportunity to attend monthly career-focused brown bag events and have access to a variety of online tools and resources including the Career Development Passport, Canvas and MyLinc. As a participant in the program, you will also receive a Career Development Passport booklet. The passport provides a convenient way to document information about connections with advisors and attendance at career events as well as to make journal entries about career activities in four areas:
- Self-Assessment and Readiness
- Career Exploration
- Job Search
- Professional Development
When does the program begin and what is the timeline?
Online preregistration began on April 4, 2016 and closed on June 30, 2016. The 12-month program began with a Career Development Resources and Education Fair on May 17, 2016. Workshops and monthly brown bag lunch events began in June 2016 and will continue through April 2017.
Where will events take place?
The Career Development Resources and Education Fair on Tuesday, May 17 at the Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom is the program kick-off event. Passport events/workshops will take place at a variety of locations across the university, hosted in collaboration with participating Unit Partners. Some workshops will also be available on-line.
When did the Career Development Resources & Education Fair take place?
The Career Development Resources and Education Fair took place from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m on May 17, 2016.
Do I need permission from my supervisor to participate?
We strongly encourage all participants to have open communication with their supervisors about their participation in the program, however you do not need your supervisor's permission to participate. Supervisors will receive advance communication about the program and are strongly encouraged to support their staff members’ participation in the program.
Is there a cost associated with the program?
There is no charge for participation in the program.
When will the program be offered again?
Future program offerings will be determined by participant evaluations and available funding.
How do I get more information?
Departments and units interested in receiving additional information should contact the Career Development Passport planning team.
What are the program requirements?
Participants are expected to complete a minimum of ten career-related activities during the 12-month program. To get the most out of the program, we encourage participants to complete at least one activity from each of the four quadrants.
It is expected that in addition to what is offerered through the program, participants will explore and take advantage of career focused workshops and activities on their own.
How can I obtain my program materials and confirm registration if I did not attend the kick-off event on May 17, 2016?
After May 17, Career Development Passport Program materials may be picked up Tuesday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the UHR Recruiting and Employment Services reception desk located at G250 Wolverine Tower. Please bring your UMID card. Materials may be picked up anytime before registration ends on June 30, 2016. They will not be sent via campus mail.
What is the recommended attire for Career Development Passport Program events?
Suggested attire is what you would normally wear to work.
Can this program help me transfer departments and learn ways to enhance my career?
Yes, the benefit you can receive from participating in the program will depend largely on your career development goals/plan and the action you take.
Are new employees eligible to sign up for this program?
Yes, newly hired regular employees are eligible to participate.
Are Reduction in Force (RIF) staff eligible to participate in the program?
Yes, staff affected by RIF status are eligible to participate.
What are the locations offered for the workshops/events?
To accommodate the needs of all U-M staff, workshops are offered on campus and at Health System locations. Some of the workshop/resource offerings will be made available electronically (on-demand).
What are some examples of workshops/events offered?
BYOB (build your own brand) (Self-Assessment and Readiness), Developing Resumes and Cover Letters for Career Changers (Job Search Preparation), Career Paths at U-M: How to Maximize Your Use of the Career Path Navigator (Career Exploration), The Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace and Cultural Competence (Professional Development), Arts and Science of Project Management (Professional Development), Job Interview Strategies (Job Search Preparation), Leading from the Middle (Self-Assessment and Readiness). The events/workshops schedule will be updated quarterly.
Will any workshops be offered after regular office hours?
Most workshops occur as brown bag lunch sessions between 11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m. However, some of the workshop offerings will be made available electronically (on-demand).
How much time would the 10+ career-related activities actually take during the 12-month program?
The time you spend developing yourself as part of the program is at your discretion. Most of the workshops will be between 60-90 minutes/each.
Can the time investment in the Career Development Passport Program be considered work time or would I need to use my vacation time?
Supervisors are encouraged to consider Career Development Passport participation similar to the support given to other professional development activities.
Can I still participate in the program if I already completed the 2013/14 pilot program?
Who will have access to the responses submitted on the preregistration form?
All requests for information from the Career Development Passport Program participants will be aggregated and used for summary report purposes only. Individual names of respondents will not be shared.