Career Development

What is career development?

Career development is a lifelong process of managing learning, work, and job-related transitions. It is an organized approach to development that matches your goal as an employee with University needs. Use the resources below to customize your development goals.

Career Exploration

Explore the next step of your career: discover job families at the University, learn about professional development opportunities, and take assessments to find the right fit for you.

UVA Job Structure
The UVA Job Structure is a standardized set of approved UVA job titles for use across the University. The structure defines key information associated with each title, including typical work, typical education and experience, typical expertise, market matches, pay range, and the compliance coding. Explore your next step at the University today.

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

My UVA Career
In 2013, we invited all staff to “tell us what you do” by tweeting, posting, or emailing a photo and short description of their contributions here at the University. My UVA Career is the result of that social media campaign.

When it comes to finding a career that’s a good fit, the first step is to be clear about your skills, preferences, interests, and values. Try these online assessments to start the process.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Department of Labor provides information on a variety of career options to explore.

Networking and Informational Interviews
University Career Services provides helpful tips on networking and informational interviews.


Job Search Tools

These job search tools help you prepare for the right job for you. Learn how to perfect your resume and cover letter, polish your interview skills, and search for jobs at the University.

University Alumni Career Services provides helpful tips on writing a resume.

Cover Letters
University Alumni Career Services gives suggestions on how to write a winning cover letter.

LinkedIn Profiles
UVA Career Center covers how to effectively use LinkedIn.

Interviewing Skills
UVA Career Center discusses how to best promote your skills and personal attributes.

Jobs@UVA provides information on positions that are currently available at the University.


Education Information

Continuing to develop is fundamental to career growth and satisfaction. Learn about options for furthering your education and find out how UVA can support your efforts.

UVA Education Benefits
The University supports employee career development, including education, vocational, and professional development.

Take a Talent Development Class
Expand your knowledge and skills through our broad selection of classes and developmental opportunities.

General Educational Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL)
University Human Resources partners with Charlottesville Adult Learning Center to offer employees the opportunity to attend GED and ESL classes during work time.


Career Planning

Now that you’ve found your career, plan for success. Find out about learning plans and goal setting at the University.

Goal Setting Guide: Explore, Plan, Act
A guide to creating your individual learning plan

Individual Learning Plan
A step-by-step tool designed to help you map your short- and long-term career goals, development activities, and time frame for accomplishing them.