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.

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  1. Athletic Trainers
  2. Athletics Academic Support
  3. Equipment Room
  4. Intramural Sports
  5. Sport Coach
  6. Strength and Conditioning Coach


  1. Communications Generalist
  2. Communications Leadership
  3. Communications Support
  4. Marketing
  5. Multimedia and Creative
  6. Public Relations
  7. Writing and Editing


  1. Advancement Leadership
  2. Corporate and Foundation Gifts
  3. Development Research
  4. Development Support
  5. Engagement and Annual Giving
  6. Gift Planning
  7. Major and Principal Gifts
  8. Stewardship and Donor Relations

Educational Resources

  1. Education and Outreach
  2. Instructional Technology
  3. Library
  4. Museum


  1. Accounting
  2. Budget
  3. Financial Analysis
  4. Payroll

General Administration

  1. Administrative Generalist
  2. Administrative Leadership
  3. Administrative Support
  4. Customer Service
  5. Data Analysis
  6. Procurement and Payables
  7. Project Management

Health Services

  1. Health Services Administration
  2. Medical Education
  3. Orthotics and Prosthetics
  4. Student Health Administration

Human Resources

  1. Human Resources
  2. Training and Development

Information Technology

  1. Database Administration
  2. IT Management
  3. IT Support
  4. Network and Communication Field Engineer
  5. Network Engineer
  6. Project Management
  7. Software Engineering and Development
  8. Systems Engineering Design and Development


  1. Events and Venues
  2. Food Service
  3. Housekeeping
  4. Inventory
  5. Landscape
  6. Mail
  7. Printing
  8. Retail

Protection, Compliance, and Regulation

  1. Audit
  2. General Compliance
  3. IT Audit


  1. Animal Research
  2. Biostatistician
  3. Clinical Research
  4. Grants and Contracts
  5. Research Program Administration
  6. Social Science and Humanities

Student Services

  1. Admissions
  2. Career Services
  3. Financial Aid
  4. Generalist
  5. Registrar
  6. Student Affairs Administration

Trades and Engineering

  1. Architecture
  2. Electronics
  3. Elevator
  4. Engineering
  5. Facilities Leadership
  6. Fire Systems
  7. General Services
  8. Heat Plant
  9. Licensed Trades
  10. Non-Licensed Trades
  11. Sustainability
  12. Systems Control
  13. Trades Support