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Career Development Compass

The Career Development Compass is a “one-stop-shop” listing of professional development opportunities specific to your job. Use the Compass to find a wide range of activities and networking opportunities that match up with your skills, interests, and career goals. Each set of activities is divided into five main categories: professional organizations, events and training, education and certifications, independent learning, and on-the-job activities.

Expand your knowledge in your field and take the next step on your leadership journey!

Professional Organizations: Joining a professional organization provides excellent networking opportunities and the ability to stay current on trends and information in your field. Many of these organizations also provide development activities and additional resources for their members.

Events and Training: Attending conferences, events, or training can help you to expand your skills or knowledge in different areas of your job. These activities often focus on one specific topic in your field so you can apply this information to your everyday responsibilities.

Education and Certifications*: Getting a degree or a certification in your field is a great way to learn in a structured environment and boost your credentials. Taking individual courses in your career field is another way to advance your professional growth.

Independent Learning: Independent learning activities provide you with flexible options to focus on your professional growth. These activities can be as simple as reading an article on a subject in your field or joining a professional organization’s social media group to stay up-to-date on information.

On-the-job activities: A significant part of your career development occurs on-the-job. There are many skill-building activities that you can incorporate into your work, including mentoring, job shadowing, conducting informational interviews, networking, and soliciting feedback.

*Education and certification resources listed are not all-inclusive. Preferred education may vary widely in each sub-family. Reference the UVA job structure tool for typical education information per job title.

Please check back soon: new sub-families are updated daily.

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Information Technology

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Police Department


Laboratory Research
Research Leadership

Student Services

Trades and Engineering

GeoSpatial Services
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