UT Staff Professional Development

What is Professional Development

Professional development is the process of continuous learning to meet your career goals and keep your skills relevant for the current workforce. Professional development is different from training. Training teaches you how to perform job functions. Professional development is forward focused and is customized to the individual seeking development. The process of professional development involves:

  • Assessing your current career status
  • Outlining personal career goals
  • Identifying skills and competencies needed to meet your career goals
  • Developing a learning plan that includes a mix of on-the-job experience, training, reading and mentoring that will help you build the skills and competencies you identified.

The LinkedIn Learning course entitled "How to Develop your Career Plan" will help you build a career plan.

UT Austin Learning Resources


UTLearn is the The University of Texas at Austin's employee training management system. Employees can search and register for both instructor-led and online courses.

LinkedIn Learning

Watch courses on business, creative and technology skills. Lynda.com offers more than 5,000 on-demand courses to help you build professional skills across a vast range of job functions.


CareerSmart offers no or low cost training and certificate programs for UT staff.  UT employees are integral contributors to the success of the organization. CareerSmart training helps to ensure we have a competitive workforce that operates at a high level of performance and innovation. By taking advantage of the training offered through CareerSmart, managers can enable themselves and their employees to grow their knowledge and skills. 

360˚ Leadership Feedback and Coaching

The 360 process provides an opportunity for you to assess your management and leadership strengths and challenges through 360˚ feedback facilitated by a certified coach.  You will then have an opportunity to work with a coach to design your own customized development plan.  The cost for this process is $165.  If you wish to do a 360, please email Careersmart@austin.utexas.edu.

UT Libraries

All university faculty and staff have free access to library books and resources. Staff are allowed to check out books for an entire semester.

Campus Professional Development and Training

Accounting and Finance


Conflict and Dispute Resolution

The Office of Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution offers classes in conflict management, authentic listening and communication.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program offers both campus-wide presentations and training as well as departmental presentations.

Management and Human Resources

Organization Effectiveness

HR Organization Effectiveness (OE) offers both campus-wide and customized departmental professional development and leadership development offerings.


  • Registrar Training– Training on Registrar Office systems such as degree audits, student registration, grade reporting, veteran services and room scheduling


Additional Campus Professional Development Providers

Center for Professional Education – The Center for Professional Education (CPE) at UT Austin provides ready access to career training for anyone with a desire to learn. CPE designs and delivers face-to-face and online noncredit programs for individuals interested in improving their professional skills or who seek a credential or a career change.

Governor's Center for Management Development – Offering practical leadership and management training/development, keynotes, conference presentations, facilitation and executive coaching.

Human Dimensions of Organizations – HDO brings together UT Austin's finest researchers from multiple disciplines with an interest in providing transformative education experiences for current and aspiring leaders in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

HDO seminars combine cutting-edge research with real-world application to provide practical and immediately relevant tools for solving key organizational problems, ranging from personal motivation and growth to strategic leadership.

Texas Executive Education – Offers education and leadership development through Custom Programs and Open Enrollment classes. These graduate-level, non-degree programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge, connections and expertise to go further in your career and your life. The in-person, interactive classes are taught by world-class faculty from the McCombs School of Business.