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Elevate your administrative, support or entry-level career

If you’re an administrative, support or entry-level staff member who’s ready to take your career to the next level, sign up today for Take Charge: Developing a Career Strategy. This five-month program, sponsored by UCOP’s Learning & Development team, will give you the tools you need to thrive in the workplace for years to come.

“Take Charge gave me the tools I needed to focus my ambition,” says Administrative Assistant Mark Turner, a previous Take Charge participant. “I came away with a fresh perspective on my professional skillsets that have accumulated over time.”

How can I participate in Take Charge?

Program applications are due by Friday, August 2. Applications must be supported and signed by your supervisor. A selection committee will review the applicants and select the participants. Sessions begin August 29, 2019, and run through January 14, 2020.

Attend an informational lunch and learn:

  • Thursday, July 18, 12-1 p.m. — Register
  • Tuesday, July 30, 12-1 p.m. — Register


What will I gain from Take Charge?

  • Learn how to take control of your career development
  • Expand your professional network
  • Experience more job satisfaction
  • Improve your relationship with your manager

“I would also recommend the Take Charge program to anyone who might be considering career opportunities within the UC system, but feeling overwhelmed by their size, scope and possibilities,” says Turner. “This program helps ground participants and equips them with the tools needed to formulate short- and long-term goals.”

What does the Take Charge program entail?

The program includes a winning combination of classroom learning, independent study and peer mentoring:

1. Six in-person classes. Get real-world advice for boosting your career, including:

    • Singing your praises—self-advocacy
    • Managing up and negotiation skills
    • Career planning and networking
    • Effective resume writing
    • Interviewing tips and strategies

2. Weekly self-guided assignments. Reflect upon the advice you receive in each session and strategize for how you will apply it to your career.

3. Five peer mentoring sessions. Program consultants will help you learn to articulate your career goals and work towards achieving them.

Who leads Take Charge?

Take Charge is led by Vanessa George, MBA, and Amy Levine, Ph.D. George is associate director of graduate career management at the University of San Francisco’s School of Management and a certified executive career coach. Levine, who previously served as executive director of the UC San Francisco Center for Gender Equity, is a certified leadership coach. In addition to helping you gain career skills, they’ll help you explore career options at UCOP and throughout the UC system.

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