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Professional Development

LinkedIn Learning is a platform that you can use for professional development while working at the College of New Jersey.

While its content is broad, deep, and timely, it can also be overwhelming. Below, you will find a few tips to help you stay focused on building new skills so you get the most out of your time with LinkedIn Learning.

Getting Started with LinkedIn Learning Paths

Navigating LinkedIn Learning

Start with “Gaining Skills with LinkedIn Learning,” an overview of LinkedIn Learning features, function and content.

Avoid overwhelm by limiting your time on LinkedIn Learning to 60 minutes or less.

Take one class at a time, and focus on applying a few concepts after each class. Use a simple model to “Learn, Plan, Do and Review.”

  • Learn:  As you take a class, jot down the most important skills or concepts you have learned. At the end of the course, you should have a handful of ideas to focus on developing.
  • Plan: Spend a few minutes thinking about how you want to try what you just learned either on the job or in practice with someone you trust. For example, say you are focusing on building your Excel skills. You can plan to present pivot tables at your next team meeting. Or perhaps you are preparing to interview candidates for an open position and you want to write some behavioral interview questions.
  • Do: It’s important to apply what you have learned as soon as possible after you take the class. Be intentional about taking the steps that you planned. So go ahead and create and present your new pivot tables or practice asking behavioral questions with a peer.  Just do it!  If you don’t push yourself, you won’t build the new skill.
  • Review:  working with a peer, supervisor or coach can help you build your skills faster and stick to your learning goals. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, but embrace the learning as an opportunity to grow professionally. Practice your new skills with someone you trust and get feedback. Be prepared to ask “What did I do well and what would be even better if I did something differently?”  Together you can revise your approach and further develop your new skill.

Learning a new concept takes time and effort. It’s also an iterative process. Just taking classes on LinkedIn will only allow you to become aware of new concepts. Be sure to practice what you learned and reflect on how well you did. Getting feedback from someone you trust can help you learn faster, build your confidence and improve your performance.

See below for learning paths and collections to get you started. While it’s your job to direct your professional development, it’s our job to help. If you have any questions, please contact Denise Cole at coled@tcnj.edu

Getting Oriented in Your New Position

Welcome to TCNJ!! If the first ninety days of a new job are challenging, the first week can be overwhelming.  So take a deep breath, lots of notes and your time. And don’t be afraid to ask questions of your peers, your teammates and most importantly your supervisor.

» LinkedIn Learning | Getting Oriented Collection

Becoming a New Supervisor

Congratulations on your promotion to supervisor!!

Being a supervisor is very different from being an individual contributor. You have to learn to make the shift from doing the work to delegating the work, and still making sure the work gets done. In addition, you need to give your staff constructive feedback and report back to your leadership in a productive and efficient way.

This collection is designed to help you make the transition to supervisor. Take time between courses to apply new concepts at work. The most important person who can help you build your expertise and confidence is your manager, so be sure to reach out the them about how to handle new situations.

Good luck as a new supervisor. You’re going to be great!

» LinkedIn Learning | Becoming a New Supervisor Collection

Onboarding New Hires (For Supervisors)

Congratulations!

You’ve found a great new candidate and they’ve accepted your offer. As their supervisor, your job is to make them feel welcomed, help them integrate with your team, and set their expectations about how to succeed in their new job. During the first 90 days, it’s up to you to set your new employee up for success. These classes will build your knowledge about orientation and onboarding.

» LinkedIn Learning | Onboarding New Hires (For Supervisors) Collection

Advancing Your Career as a Leader

This collection is designed for individuals with two or more years of experience as supervisors.

To get the most out of this learning, take a class every week or two. At the end of each module, write down your reaction and how you might use what you learned. Next, think about how you can apply what you learned on the job, then try it, and reflect upon how it went.

For best results, ask a trusted advisor to help you review how things went and what you might do differently the next time. The point is to apply concepts from your training on the job and make revisions as you go. If you have a coach or mentor to work with, great! If not, please feel free to contact Denise Cole at coled@tcnj.edu.

» LinkedIn Learning | Advancing Your Career as a Leader Collection

 

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