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November Human Resources Programs

Further your professional and personal development by taking advantage of upcoming Human Resources programs. Note that you must pre-register for all Learning and Education and Quality of Work Life programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at top of page).

Learning and Education

Learn valuable skills through American Management Association (AMA) programs, Brown Bag Matinees, Career Focus Brown Bags, and other programs. Don't forget to pre-register.  Free unless noted. For questions on L&E programs, call (215) 898-3400 or visit www.hr.upenn.edu/learning.

Professional Development Program—Franklin Covey's FOCUS, November 10; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; $50. Learn to think differently about how you spend your time. This program shows you how to use tools that can help you identify and focus on your top priorities, set goals that align with your most important objectives, effectively manage information, and reduce stress.

Brown Bag Matinee—Back to the Floor: Heathrow Airport; November 11; noon-1 p.m. Did you ever wish your boss had your job?  Join us to watch as Back to the Floor challenges top executives to spend a week with their workers. They learn about how their area really works, what the business is like, and what their employees think of them.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Navigating the Penn Jobs Website; November 12; noon-1 p.m. This will focus on how to navigate Penn's web-based Jobs@Penn system. One of our Staff Recruiters will provide a live demonstration of the system, focusing on how to apply for jobs, create a profile, and manage your job applications.

Professional Development Program—Star Achievement™: A Certificate Program for Administrative Professionals; begins November 17; 8-month program with multiple dates; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; $100. This new program provides comprehensive training and self-development coursework for administrative professionals. Over 8 monthly sessions, you will build the skills, attitude, teamwork and strategy fundamentals that result in increased productivity, efficiency, and performance.

Career Focus Brown Bag—The 10 Commandments of Resumes; November 19; noon-1 p.m. A must for anyone seeking a job change! Wondering how to create an effective, dynamic resume? This video includes tips on how to make the "skills and accomplishments" section of your resume intriguing.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Get Hired: How to Ace the Interview; November 23; noon-1 p.m. Be confident and prepared for your interviews. This video presents key interviewing advice which will help you be a better communicator about your own personal characteristics and career skills.  

Quality of Work Life

Human Resources, in collaboration with Penn Behavioral Health (the University's Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family Services provider) and Independence Blue Cross, presents free workshops to enhance your professional and/or personal wellbeing. Don't forget to pre-register, and please feel free to bring a ‘brown bag' lunch.

* Date Change * Workshop—Learn How to Reduce the Pressures Faced By Your Young Child; November 4; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. This seminar is designed to teach parents how to identify and reduce today's pressures on young children. You will learn about developmental, environmental, parental, familial, and peer pressures, and how to reframe and manage these pressures.

* Date Change * Workshop—Dealing with the Finances of Elder Care; November 18; 11:30 a.m–1 p.m. Is there an elder relative in your life? Whether you are the caregiver or not, this seminar will help you understand how to deal with current trends in elder care finances and estate planning. You will learn about wills, navigation through the Medicare and Medicaid systems, housing and property issues, and more.

Note: For personalized assistance with dependent care issues and personal well-being, contact Penn's Employee Assistance Program and Work & Family Services provider, Penn Behavioral Health, at 1-888-321-4433 or go on-line at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/wellness/eap.asp. For questions on QOWL programs, contact Human Resources at orna@hr.upenn.edu or (215) 898-5116.

Retirement Education & Financial Planning 

Join Human Resources for free retirement education and financial planning workshops.  Experts from TIAA-CREF and The Vanguard Group will speak about various retirement and investment topics. All workshops will be held in Room G-7, Irvine Auditorium. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information, call (215) 898-7282 or visit www.hr.upenn.edu/benefits/retirement/seminars.asp.

Five Habits of Highly Successful Investors; November 15; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This seminar is designed to assist all faculty and staff in setting financial goals, realizing tax advantages, and reducing risk with diversification (TIAA-CREF).

A Woman's Money, A Woman's Future; November 15; 2–3 p.m. Geared specifically towards women, this seminar talks about topics such as taking advantage of tax-deferred investing, choosing appropriate investment products, things to consider if you're suddenly single, and how to leave a legacy to heirs (TIAA-CREF).

It's Your Plan: Make the Most of It!;November 16; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This seminar is designed mainly for faculty and staff who are newly eligible for or not currently participating in Penn's retirement plans. Learn about eligibility and contribution types and how to take maximum advantage of your retirement plan. A Vanguard expert will also provide guidance and advice for all types of investors (Vanguard).

Target Retirement Funds or Create My Own Portfolio—Investing Made Easy; November 16; 2–3 p.m. This seminar, intended for all faculty and staff, discusses the basics of diversification and selecting funds, and focuses on choosing investment funds the Vanguard way (Vanguard).

Don't Fail to Plan—Plan to Succeed!; November 17; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. All faculty and staff can benefit from this presentation which discusses topics such as the key steps in developing a financial plan, how to approach your long-term investment strategy, and implementing your personal plan.  It also provides an overview of retirement, investment, and estate planning (Vanguard).

Pre-Retirement Checkup: Are You in Shape?;November 17; 2–3 p.m. Designed for faculty and staff within five to ten years of retirement, this seminar helps you figure out how much money you'll have, how your spending will change, and what to expect at retirement.  Topics include sources of retirement income, cost-cutting suggestions, investments before and during retirement, how to determine retirement readiness, and planning for the long term (Vanguard).

TIAA-CREF: Your Partner in Building a Better Financial Future; November 18; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This seminar intended for all faculty and staff discusses understanding the Penn retirement plan, maximizing your investment potential, developing an investment strategy, and reaching your financial goals (TIAA-CREF).

Retirement Distribution Flexibilities; November 18; 2–3 p.m. Designed for faculty and staff within three to five years of retirement, this seminar talks about retirement income sources and expenses, identifies savings gaps and threats to retirement income, income distribution options, and how taxes affect your retirement income (TIAA-CREF).

 —Division of Human Resources



  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 9, October 26, 2004


October 26, 2004
Volume 51 Number 9


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