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Start learning in August: Live virtual professional development opportunities

August is nearly here and UCOP Learning and Development has a wealth of professional development opportunities planned! Build your skills while connecting with colleagues from all UCOP locations during these live online classes. Select each course name to register through the UC Learning Center; all times are listed in Pacific Time.

Develop your career

Aspiring Leaders Development Program: Information Sessions
July 27, 1 – 1:30 p.m., and Aug. 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Come learn about the new UCOP Aspiring Leadership Development Program, an experiential professional development program. This opportunity is offered to UCOP staff who are interested in exploring leadership roles and career development. It will provide UCOP employees opportunities to learn leadership skills without holding a formal leadership position. Participants will attend six two-hour workshops in September, October and January.

Stand out on LinkedIn
Aug. 12, 2 – 3 p.m., Oct. 21, 2 – 3 p.m. and Dec. 2 10 – 11 a.m.
Did you know that adding detailed work experience on LinkedIn can get you eight times more profile views? Learn the best ways to get engaged on the site, and what it takes to get your profile noticed.

LinkedIn Learning Introduction
Aug. 24, 1 – 1:45 p.m.
The UCOP L&D team is thrilled to announce that all UCOP employees have access to LinkedIn Learning, which includes over 9,000 on-demand professional development courses! Come to this session and learn how you can leverage this new benefit to grow your career.

My UC Career
Sept. 2, 2 – 3 p.m.
My UC Career is an online development portal available to all UC employees seeking to advance their careers. During this session, you will receive a demo of the portal and what it can do for you.

Software skills

Zoom Advanced
Aug. 12, 10 – 11 a.m.
Topics will include: personal meeting IDs, advanced web portal settings, advanced scheduling options, advanced sharing options and annotation, polling, breakout rooms, reporting and cloud recording. A Q&A session will follow.

Excel PivotTables Techniques
Aug. 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Register by Aug. 6)
Learn tips and tricks for Excel PivotTables and find out how they can be an invaluable tool in helping you analyze data and present conclusions in compelling ways. If you have been using PivotTables and are wondering what more you can do with them, or need help overcoming obstacles, this workshop will help you get outstanding results.

Creating Accessible PDFs
Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
IT Accessibility is about empowering users with disabilities to easily access and engage with online resources. Many of these resources, such as tax forms, annual reports and policy documents, are PDFs. We will cover how to create accessible Word documents, which can be easily converted into accessible PDFs, and to identify basic accessibility issues using Adobe’s accessibility checker.

Productivity skills

Accomplishing More with Less
July 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Register by July 21)
Presented by popular vendor People-OnTheGo, this popular class provides techniques for mastering difficult time and productivity challenges. Leave with practical tips and strategies to apply and save time immediately. 

Managing and Organizing Your Email Inbox
Aug. 19, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn powerful tips and techniques that can save you hours and help you get the results you desire from email communication. You will learn practical MS Outlook features such as customizing and setting flags; using categories, calendar and tasks to track action emails; advanced searches for easily finding relevant information; and organizing and archiving messages for future reference. Don’t miss this important advice on strategies for transforming email into a productivity tool that can help you, your team and your organization better succeed.

Running an Effective Meeting
Aug. 26, 10 – 11 a.m.
Are you interested in making your meetings more collaborative, streamlined and effective? In this session, you’ll learn how to structure a meeting that meets the multiple needs of your attendees. 

Personal and professional growth

Mindfulness at UCOP
Aug. 6, 10 – 11 a.m.
Less stress. Enhanced awareness and focus. Improved health. These are some of the benefits shown in research studies on mindfulness. Learn how to reduce your stress and increase your effectiveness at work through simple mindfulness techniques. 

Managing Implicit Bias, Extending your Learning
Aug. 18, 9 – 11 a.m.
Debrief the popular UC Managing Implicit Bias series with UCOP colleagues. Discuss challenges and strategies for managing implicit bias and walk away with a greater understanding of your own implicit biases, as well as your ability to promote equity, diversity and inclusion wherever you are. Prerequisite: You must complete the UC Managing Implicit Bias series before registering for this class.

Fidelity financial classes
Dates throughout August

If you need help planning for your financial future, Fidelity can help. Learn the ins and outs of financial and retirement planning — from managing student loan debt to setting savings goals to claiming Social Security income — in upcoming workshops.

Workshops for people managers

People Leaders Forum: Developing yourself and your people
July 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
People Leaders Forums are an opportunity for people managers and supervisors to connect with one another to develop leadership skills, build community, share best practices, swap strategies for navigating current challenges and learn to better support themselves and their teams. In this month’s session we’ll focus on professional development opportunities for managers and teams.

LinkedIn Learning for Managers
Aug. 24, 2 – 2:45 p.m.
Learn how to use LinkedIn Learning with your team as a professional learning tool. As a UCOP manager or supervisor, LinkedIn Learning has tools and features to make assigning and tracking team learning easy!

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