Career Development System


Northwestern University is committed to enriching professional development opportunities for its employees. The Career Development System workshops are an outgrowth of that commitment. These special sessions provide knowledge and tools designed to strengthen the job and career development dialogue between individuals and managers.

Career Development System Workshops

The Career Development System includes two workshops, one for individuals and one for managers:

For Individuals — Managing Your Career matches employee-motivated strengths with the needs of current and future positions at Northwestern. This approach helps employees to develop ways of growing into a role, instead of simply growing out of it.

For Managers — Managing Development Planning is designed to help managers better understand their employees’ career motivators and use that information in fostering development. This workshop explores the premise that better professional development conversations lead to more engaged and productive employees.

How To Participate

Each workshop is offered on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Workshop capacity is limited and rosters fill quickly, so interested parties are encouraged to sign up as soon as a session is posted. For more information, including full course descriptions and enrollment opportunities, please check our course listings.

Initiative Goals

Individuals and managers who complete a Career Development System workshop will have the opportunity to implement the following in their development conversations and processes:

  • Enhance career growth in current and new roles.
  • Build skills that translate between roles for job and career development planning.
  • Increase engagement, productivity, and retention.
  • Expand networking and cross-functional collaboration.

Schedule and Investment

  • Workshop Dates: Please check our course listings for the next available sessions of Managing Your Career and Managing Development Planning.
  • Cost to Unit: No additional charge for Northwestern employees ($150 Cancellation/No-show fee)

Note: Funding from the Catalyst Workgroup has made it possible to offer the Career Development System workshops at no additional charge to Northwestern employees.