Take Charge: Developing a Career Strategy

UCOP program for administrative, support, and entry-level staff

Program Overview

Take Charge: Developing a Career Strategy is a five-month program designed specifically for administrative, support, and entry-level staff. The intent of the program is to provide the participants with tools to better manage and direct their careers. The program consists of six two-hour in-person sessions, weekly self-guided assignments, and five peer mentoring sessions. It is sponsored by UCOP HR Learning & Development. 

Information Sessions

To learn more, attend an informational Lunch and Learn:

Program Schedule for 2019

Applications are due August 2, 2019 at 5pm to Annie Prozan, annie.prozan@ucop.edu.

  1. August 15, 2019, 2-3 pm, Manager-Only Orientation
  2. August 29, 2019, 10 am-12 pm, Singing Your Praises: Self Advocacy
  3. September 12, 2019, 11 am-12 pm Peer Mentoring
  4. September 19, 2019, 10 am-12 pm, Managing Up
  5. October 3, 2019, 11 am-12 pm, Peer Mentoring
  6. October 17, 2019, 10 am-12 pm, Don’t Ask, Don’t Get – Negotiation Skills
  7. October 29, 2019, 11 am-12 pm, Peer Mentoring
  8. November 5, 2019, 10 am-12 pm, Career Planning and Networking
  9. November 21, 2019, 10 am-12 pm, Career Management – Resume Writing
  10. December 5, 2019, 11 am-12 pm, Peer Mentoring
  11. December 17, 2019, 10 am-12 pm, Career Management – Interviewing Skills
  12. January 14, 2020, 10 am-12 pm, Peer Mentoring and Program Celebration

Who can participate?

All administrative, support, and entry-level staff are encouraged to apply for participation in the program. Individuals will need the support of their supervisors as a part of the application process. Up to 20 individuals will be selected to participate.

What is the process?

Potential participants will complete an application that must include the support and signature approval from their supervisor. A selection committee will review the applicants and select the participants.

Criteria for selection include:

  • Career, contract, represented employees who have completed the probationary period;
  • A “successfully meets expectations” performance rating or above;
  • An expressed desire to learn new skills to plan and manage one's career; and
  • A commitment to attending all scheduled sessions and completing all homework assignments

What information will be given to supervisors?

Supervisors of participants will attend an overview of the program on August 15, 2019 that will provide more details and tips to support their employee during and after the program. Please note: Discussions between participants and program consultants will be kept confidential.

Program Facilitators

Amy Levine, PhD

Vanessa George, MBA