Professional development opportunities

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The University of Waterloo recognizes the benefits of lifelong learning and employee growth and development to invest in our talent and strengthen our communities.

Professional development never ends, and the University offers a variety of workshops, programs, and events to develop new skills, hone your leadership practices, and advance your opportunities. Access a range of development and learning solutions and find an opportunity that suits your learning needs.

How to select a valuable learning opportunity

One of the most important steps to gaining skills on the job is to seek out opportunities for growth and development.  When doing so, look for areas of personal interest or that may guide your career path. Explore areas of growth or improvement with your manager or that have been identified as part of your annual performance review.

These suggested resources are not exhaustive. If you can't find what you're looking for or have a question, please contact us.

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Professional Development for Instructors

Top-quality, innovative and dynamic Academic Programming is critical to Waterloo’s future success. The University of Waterloo offers professional development opportunities geared specifically to instructors.

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Employee Opportunities

At Waterloo, we support the growth of our employees through a variety of areas that develop and deliver learning and professional development programs and provide consultative services to improve individual, team, and organizational effectiveness and achieve University goals.

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Events and experiences

The University of Waterloo provides a variety of learning and development events and experiences for your professional and personal development on a variety of topics, from leadership and wellness, to technology and organizational effectiveness, and travel grant programs for engagement. 

“Without knowledge, the world is bereft of culture. And so, we must be educators and students both.” - Roberta Bondar, Canadian astronaut, neurologist, and physician

Mandatory Training

In addition to professional development, all employees (whether full-time, part-time or contract) and those in unpaid positions (volunteers) are required to take the mandatory training.