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Career Exploration


At the University of Washington, we believe that helping employees grow in their careers not only provides greater job satisfaction for our people, it is vital to our continued success. POD offers Career Counseling services and Quarterly Courses geared specially toward employee career exploration.


Career Counseling: Where do You Want to Go?

Training and Organizational Development Consultant Susan Templeton is available for one-hour career counseling sessions. There is a $110 charge per one-hour counseling session if paid with a UW budget number (with supervisor approval), or $127.16 per hour if paid with cash, check, or credit card (due to a mandatory institutional overhead fee). To set up an appointment, email Susan at
Career counseling can help you evaluate your strengths, assess your career fit, write a résumé or cover letter, conduct an effective job search, or gear up for a job interview. In conjunction with career counseling, you may also elect to take the following assessments for an additional charge and employ Susan’s expertise to interpret the results in relation to your specific career goals:

POD Quarterly Courses

POD offers a number of career exploration-oriented courses for staff, including:


The POD Certificate Program

Would you like to take your career to the next level or learn skills for a different job or field? Pursuing a POD certificate in fiscal management, human resources administration, or supervisory skills can help put you on the right path. Certificate completion serves as the equivalent of six months’ experience for related positions at the UW.


Competencies are skills or behaviors that are essential for success in specific roles. POD has mapped 21 competencies to our regularly offered courses.

Access POD'S Competency Map (PDF) to find courses that relate to competencies that you wish to develop for on-the-job success or career advancement. The map includes courses that directly relate to specific competencies as well as courses that indirectly touch on specific competencies.

Training Action Plan

Use POD's Training Action Plan to identify goals for taking specific courses.