Take the time to invest in YOU!

Late last month I was creating a spreadsheet in Excel and remembered something a colleague had said about the value of a pivot table: it brought the data to life, making it easier to summarize and use.

Pivot. Table. The words rolled off my tongue. But then I realized I had no idea what a pivot table actually was, let alone how to create one. Now what?

Enter my new friend Lynda, and her vast collection of training videos and resources. A quick search of Lynda.com and I was on my way to building my first pivot table.

Training options to suit your style of learning

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Lynda.com offers over 3000 just-in-time online courses to help you learn technology, software, business and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

University of Waterloo faculty, staff and graduate students can use their WatIAM credentials to gain 24/7 access to these training resources. Need a quieter place to learn? Visit the Drop-in Lab between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays -- don't forget to bring your headphones!

Skills for the Electronic Workplace (SEW) courses

Skills for the electronic workplace register nowIf you prefer a classroom setting and a more hands-on approach to learning, the SEW training program is for you! From open data, to social media, to Microsoft Office and securing your devices, the SEW program offers a wide selection of courses, often at various technical levels, so there's something for everyone.

SEW courses are free for University full-time staff and faculty, and available to temporary or casual employees and employees of the affiliated university colleges and daycares for a small fee. Register for a SEW course today!

IT Professional Development Advisory Group (PDAG) seminars

IST staff presenting at Friday morning seminarFrom September to June, Waterloo staff, faculty and students can attend these IT related professional development seminars in person, or watch via webcast (when available) from the comfort of their desk. There is no charge for these seminars and no need to register.

Seminars are typically held every Friday from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. in MC 2009. If you would like to receive a weekly reminder about these seminars, please subscribe to the istprofdev mailman list. Alternatively, a list of upcoming seminars is available on the PDAG website.

Get involved

Have an idea for a new course? Want to share your IT expertise with your colleagues? Get in touch with us to discuss how you can contribute to the continued success of these training initiatives!

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