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Human Resources: Upcoming Programs
May 27, 2008, Volume 54, No. 34

Professional and Personal Development
Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources! You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click “Course Catalog” at the top of the page), or by contacting Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Words at Work, May 29; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. This participatory writing program is designed to provide you with an updated, practical, no-nonsense perspective on today’s business writing. The program challenges long-held assumptions about the “right” way to communicate, and provides participants with the latest writing tools within a broad context of understanding the dynamics of written communication.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Successful Interviewing, May 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will address elements of effective interviews, how to prepare for interviews, the types of interviews you might encounter, how to present yourself and your skills effectively and the importance of nonverbal communication. Penn encourages managers to use behavioral interview techniques, so we’ll role-play a few interview questions that are in alignment with these techniques. Finally, we’ll watch a video titled How to Ace the Interview.

The Penn Perspective; June 10 and 11; 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; $75. Penn is a unique institution with a proud history and worldwide reputation for excellence. Although our mission of education, research and service is easily understood, the business of running such a large and diverse enterprise is not. It is a very complex process. This program will attempt to provide insight into these complexities and those attending the program will leave with a better understanding of how the University works. Participants will also complete the program with a greater appreciation for the role they play in this process. Lastly, the Penn Perspective will provide participants with an opportunity to meet and interact with other members of Penn’s vast community.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS, June 12; 9 a.m. –5 p.m.; $75. Competing priorities. Multiple deadlines. A hundred unanswered e-mails. This engaging, highly interactive workshop will give you the tools to increase productivity and enhance your chances of success. Learn how to keep focused, effectively manage all the information that comes across your desk, and reduce your stress level.

Brown Bag Matinee: Clown, June 17; noon –1 p.m.; free. A thought-provoking and entertaining addition to diversity awareness training, Clown follows the lives of three “Clown-Americans” and their families as they make poignant observations about life on the other side of stereotypes inspired by their clown heritage. This unique program combines drama and comedy to explore the effects of bias and racism in America. Themes include the ways that biases create stereotypes and barriers, and how we can overcome bias to embrace and celebrate diversity.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Moving On, June 25; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will address your questions about moving up to your next job within Penn or elsewhere. We’ll discuss how to communicate your salary requirements effectively, and brainstorm other factors that you might consider before accepting an offer. Leaving a position professionally is always important; we will talk about giving notice, wrapping up and leaving your job in great shape for the incoming staff person.

Brown Bag Matinee: Accountability that Works!, July 17; noon–1 p.m.; free. Accountability That Works! is an exciting, innovative video that will provide everyone in your department with the tools they need for a greater sense of empowerment, a higher level of effectiveness, and increased productivity. The video uses several types of workplaces as examples that illustrate how to ensure that every task has a clearly defined owner and agreement, as well as how to empower employees to keep their agreements (and to hold others accountable without putting them on the defensive).

Career Focus Brown Bag: Self Assessment, July 18; noon–1 p.m.; free. Self assessment is the first step in career planning. Knowing more about who you are is essential to understanding why you like and are more successful at certain jobs than others. You will be most effective and satisfied at work when your career and jobs mesh with your skills, strengths, values, interests and passions. During the session, we will do several self-assessment exercises, and you will learn more about other self-assessment opportunities available to you through career coaching at Learning and Education.

American Management Association’s Strategies for Developing Effective Presentations, July 23 and 24; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. This two-day program will provide you with the skills to deliver clear, informative, memorable and convincing presentations. Learn by doing as you receive ongoing, personalized feedback on three live presentations. Subjects to be addressed include determining your objectives in giving a presentation, balancing verbal and nonverbal messages, developing and organizing presentation content, rehearsing and using notes, reducing and channeling nervousness, using visual aids, handling questions and more.

Career Focus Brown Bag: Careers in Development and Alumni Relations, August 1; noon– 1 p.m.; free. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about different career paths in Development and Alumni Relations. Opportunities in the field range from working with alumni and engaging volunteers, to cultivating and soliciting donors as a fundraiser, working with foundations and corporations to fund scholarly and educational programs or working in the development services departments that support these efforts. These jobs call for a variety of skills and competencies. If you are interested in entering the field of development and alumni relations, this workshop will provide valuable information and tips.

Brown Bag Matinee: Who Moved My Cheese?, August 20; noon–1 p.m.; free. Who Moved My Cheese? is based on the best-selling business book by Spencer Johnson. It provides strategies for the best way to deal with change, so that you can enjoy more success and less stress in your work and in your life.

Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, August 22; 9 a.m.–noon; $75. Taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) inventory  and receiving feedback will help you identify your unique gifts. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths, and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you. Understanding your MBTI type is self-affirming and encourages cooperation with others.

—Division of Human Resources

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