Moving Up and Around Harvard
Are you an HSPH Staff member interested in ways to move up and around at Harvard? Then this is the right place to start! Please use the menu below to quickly navigate to certain sections of the page. For a quick guide on internal mobility, click here.
This Month’s Success Story: Jacque Caglia
Assistant Director of Administration and Operations
Department of Global Health and Population
Women and Health Initiative
Jacque Caglia joined the Department of Global Health and Population in a temporary assignment as a Research Assistant III in August 2011. She took this position knowing it was only projected to be a five month term appointment, but regardless, chose to take it as she was ready for a change in her career. Jacque also heard through colleagues that work at the School of Public Health, that HSPH was a great place to work. As Jacque’s appointment was coming to an end, there were shifts in business needs within her department and her position was extended. As time passed, Jacque had the opportunity to take on more responsibilities. Some of those responsibilities included project development and implementation, staff management and collaborating/partnering with other departments across the School. Over time with these added responsibilities, her position eventually developed into the position she holds today, the Assistant Director of Administration and Operations!
Attributes for Success
Jacque took advantage of the trainings provided by HSPH and Harvard’s Center for Workplace Development (CWD). She started with taking basic finance courses and would also attend seminars that were held during her lunch breaks. Recently, she participated in a Harvard leadership program course through CWD and is currently involved in a Manager Training pilot program that has been designed specifically for the Harvard Longwood Campus.
Jacque has always been inspired by the faculty and staff at Harvard University. She has received a great deal of support from her department, her immediate team and across the School. Jacque attributes much of her success from taking advantage of all the CWD training courses. She also stated that using her interpersonal skills to interact and build strong relationships with people throughout the School has been critical to her success. Jacque feels strongly that a positive attitude and a willingness to take on more responsibilities are key to developing and expanding within your role.
Advice to Staff Members
Jacque’s advice to her peers within HPSH? She feels strongly that you should always take advantage of any of the training opportunities that Harvard has to offer including courses on how to utilize social media, sharpen leadership skills, and other courses. It is an investment of time but it is worth it.
Most Enjoyable Part of Working at the Harvard School of Public Health
Jacque feels that the collaborative environment and all of the support that she has received while working here have been terrific. The skills and experiences she has gained through hands on training and through Harvard’s training offerings have allowed her to continue to grow and develop in her role.
Resource to You
Interested in learning more about Jacque Caglia and her work or getting one on one advice from Jacque herself? Contact her directly via email!
How About You?
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Introduction to Career Movement
To start off there is one thing you should know: Career movement/progression is different for everyone. There is no right answer, no shortcut and no guaranteed road map to your next role at Harvard. Each job, department, field, and culture has it own set of written and unwritten rules to reaching the next level. Harvard is a very large and de-centralized organization, with over 30,000 employees and 100′s of departments varying in discipline, objectives and cultures. Knowing where to go and how to get there requires hard work, research, networking, and most of all, patience. While it may not be easy, there are some tools and resources to help you.
This page will address common issues and topics and will speak only in generalities. For specific guidance, we hope you will reach out to one of our contacts listed at the end of the page.
In any career path you choose, it is critical that you ask yourself the following questions:
1. What motivates you in your current role?
2. Do you feel your role, what it provides you, and the lifestyle you live, is sustainable?
3. Does your current role and the path it is taking you, provide you with the work/life balance you need?
4. Does your work have meaning to you? Do you feel that have impact in positive way?
5. Does this field/position challenge you?
6. Does this position utilize your skills and strengths?
The answers to your questions will not point you in any specific direction but they will be key factors in your decision to moving up and around at Harvard. Remember, you spend much of your time at work. Click Here for More Questions to Consider.
Taking Your Existing Job to the Next Level
Feel like you are in the right job but looking to take on more or do more complicated tasks? Here are some ideas for you:
- Open up the lines of communication with your supervisor. Set up a time to meet and discuss your future. See if there are any projects or new tasks that you can take on that will expand your current responsibilities. Make sure these tasks are challenging and are more complex in nature.
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make sure that you have the capacity to do more. If you decide to take on new responsibilities, you will need to prove yourself and complete the tasks at the highest quality possible. This will build credibility and confidence with your supervisor.
- Find a mentor. Someone whose career path or current role is of interest to you. Find out what professional development opportunities they took advantage of. Ask them what worked and what did not work.
Have You Seen What is Available at HSPH and Harvard?
View current openings on the Harvard Employment website at www.employment.harvard.edu
Apply directly through the website for any roles that you have an interest in and are qualified for. Make sure to submit a complete resume and cover letter. In order to formally be considered an applicant, you do need to apply online!
Trainings and Seminars Related to Professional Development
Harvard provides many workshops/seminars specifically geared towards career and professional development. For more information click here. Here are some examples of courses that CWD provides:
- Rock Bottom Basics of LinkedIn
- Networking for Success
- Informational Interviews 101
- The Role of References
- Career Roadmaps
- Interviewing Skills
- Your Strengths at Work
- Creating Your Best Resume
- Navigating Your Harvard Career
Other Resources Provided By Harvard
Job Function Guide - This guide is intended to provide you with an overview of the professions and sub-specialties that exist within the University. You can also find information regarding the number of employees in a given area.
Web Resources Training for Career Development at Harvard – Click here to go to the Captivate training that will walk you through all the resources can provide you regarding career planning and career transitions
Read or view previous career-related discussions.
Considering a Career Change: What You Should Know (WebEx, December 7, 2011): Devin Ryder, career management consultant, CWD, and Laurie Stickels, career and case management program manager, CWD.
Transferable Skills (WebEx, September 27, 2011): Devin Ryder, career management consultant, CWD, and Laurie Stickels, career and case management program manager, CWD.(***There is a 1.5 minute audio break in the middle of the webinar***)
Informational Interviewing: The Other Kind of Interview (WebEx, April 21, 2011). Devin Ryder, career management consultant, CWD, and Laurie Stickels, career and case management program manager, CWD.
Transferable Skills: Devin Ryder, career management consultant, CWD, and Laurie Stickels, career and case management program manager, CWD. (HARVie Chat, June 29, 2011)
Cultivating Effective References (WebEx, April 4, 2011). Note: If you encounter a problem viewing this recorded session, please refer to the system requirement and Bit9 notes on the WebEx Instructions page.
Your Career Questions; Concerns for 2011: Devin Ryder, career management consultant, CWD, and Laurie Stickels, career and case management program manager, CWD. (HARVie Chat, March 1, 2011)
Workplace Etiquette: Robin Abrahams, Boston Globe’s Miss Conduct and a research associate at HBS. (HARVie Chat, January 18, 2011)
Social Media in the Workplace: Nick Lamphere, multimedia developer, CWD. (HARVie chat, Jan. 11, 2011)
For Questions, Guidance or One on One Coaching? Contact an HR Partner or Recruiter. Click Here to Find Your Designated HR Partner/Recruiter
The Employee Assistance Program
Need more help? The Employee Assistance Program offers resources and tests for you to help you regarding a career transition. Click here to get there!