WINTER CALENDAR – The Staff Development winter calendar is ready! Your "old favourite" workshops are back with a few new twists. You may wish to consider attending the revised workshops as a sort of enhanced refresher course. You are most welcome! Over 25 workshops are available. Talk about your workshop experience with your colleagues — shared learning is to everyone's advantage!
FRENCH LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS – Welcome to all! Vous êtes les bienvenues! The last placement test for these very popular workshops will be held January 5. Five levels of workshops are offered. Courses take place twice a week at lunchtime; schedules vary according to placement level and can only be confirmed following the placement test. Courses are free but places are limited, so act quickly!
SOFTWARE COURSES – New this term: Quick Tricks & Tips! Various levels of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and others are also available. For registration and course details, please visit the Information Technology staff training page.
WAITING LISTS – If a course has a waiting list, please sign up! We schedule courses according to demand, which varies by course, time of year, department, and foreseen and unforeseen changes. The waiting lists help us to meet your needs and to keep you informed once official dates are announced. Remember, you are not committed to attend unless the new date is convenient.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT, AT YOUR SERVICE – We do read your workshop feedback sheets; we do adjust programs in response to constructive feedback; we do schedule private, customized workshops on demand; we do add new workshops and try new initiatives. We are here for you. Help us to help you meet your needs. Your suggestions and comments are welcome and appreciated.
DEVELOPMENT TIPS: Training and networking are two keys to career success.
1. Arrive on time (or early!) for workshops – Our consultants are experts in their respective fields. Take full advantage of the time you have with them. Also, please arrive on time out of respect for your peers.
2. Use break periods for networking – One conversation can enhance a business relationship, provide new information or a new idea, help you make a new contact, or even make a difference to your job or career… Maintain your contacts beyond the workshop!
For specific Staff Development questions or requests, please contact Sophie F. Marcil, Staff Development Specialist (ext. 2303, sophie.marcil [at] mcgill.ca (email)). For general information, please contact Sharon Webb (ext. 2620, sharon.webb [at] mcgill.ca (email)) or Caroline Gardner, our newest team member (ext. 4205, caroline.gardner [at] mcgill.ca (email)).
We look forward to your participation and feedback, and are eager to be a part of your development and the development of your staff members!
Robert Savoie, Executive Director