With technology constantly and rapidly changing around us, developing and maintaining technical skills is often a challenge. How can you determine if an evolving technology is worth the time to learn? While technologies may change quickly, there are other skills IT professionals need that are more consistent. Project management, business analytics, and leadership skills are always in demand. Business knowledge – understanding the non-IT side of university operations – can be very valuable. Another set of skills, sometimes called “soft skills” can help you move your project and your career forward. These “soft skills” include: communication, conflict resolution and negotiation, creative problem solving, strategic thinking, team building, relationship building, mentoring, coaching, and influencing skills.
Key topics include:
- Enhancing Leadership Skills – What has your university done to encourage up and coming leaders to step up?
- Project Management – Which programs work best for your environment?
- Business Process Improvement (BPI) – How to enhance your processes.
- Change Management – Now more than ever, this skill is vital.