Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff

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Whether you're interested in enriching your present career and employment experience or exploring an entirely new occupation, the Career Services for Faculty and Staff program is designed to help you along your journey. As part of the Human Resources Work Life resources available for staff and faculty, the Career Consultant is your partner for professional career development.

Kim Monghan, GVSU Faculty & Staff Career Consultant

Kim Monaghan
Work Phone: 616-430-7170

As a staff and faculty member, you are an integral part of making Grand Valley State University one of the most successful universities in the Midwest. We are known for great talent - YOU - and we want to help you continually develop your career in a way that encourages growth and opportunity. As your Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant, I am here to help you: 

  • Identify your interests, strengths, values and skills and how you can best employ them in building an enriching and sustainable career;
  • Design and employ a personalized career plan for professional development, exploration, promotion, enrichment and career growth;
  • Tap into resources that support your career goals and help you identify and diminish any obstacles that may impede success;

I believe work-life balance is imperative in developing an engaging and sustainable career. As a professionally trained coach-career, executive and life coach- I help professionals reframe personal and professional challenges, set goals for performance improvement and craft strategies for realizing their career potential. Our work together is confidential and my approach is unbiased and impartial. Though I am an onsite contractor for GVSU, I am vested in the long term success of the University and respect its collaborative culture. 

For additional information, appointments and career coaching assistance, please contact Kim Monaghan.


Upcoming Fall Seminars

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Moving on Up – Preparing for Career Advancement

     Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Russel H. Kirkhof Center 1142
     Monday, September 15, 2014 from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. Richard M. DeVos Center 302E

Even though you excel at your job there's always room for improvement. And when it comes to taking a leap to the next position, it’s prudent to plan in advance. A new role with a new team, under new leadership in perhaps a new division brings an entirely new set of expectations. Whether you’re planning to transition soon or not for several years, it’s wise to start now implementing strategies that will increase your chances for success. In this workshop, we’ll discuss mandatory professional development expectations, strategies for building your strong interpersonal skills and strengths and tips for increasing your transition potential. Presented by Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff.

Group Coaching Roundtable – Succeeding in an Interview

     Monday, October 13, 2014 from 12:00 -2:00 p.m. Richard M. DeVos Center 302E

This a "come to the table" interactive session focused on interviewing. With a goal of building your confidence, comfort and success in an interview, this roundtable will address questions, dialogue, challenges and concerns, and will include “mock interview” moments. This is the "everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask" roundtable session. Please bring your lunch, dress comfortably and be ready to respond to questions, provide feedback and discuss all the do’s, dont’s, why’s and what it takes to succeed in your next interview. This is not a presentation, but an interactive roundtable discussion. Facilitated by Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Professionalism Counts -  This program is approved for COT non-technical development credit

     Wednesday, October 29,  from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Richard M. DeVos Center, 302E

Does professionalism really matter? Does it have any bearing on how successful you are or can be? This 2 hour interactive workshop will explore the many facets of professionalism and their importance to your career. Invest in yourself by attending this fun and informative program covering professional communications, the importance of presentation and deliver and constructive approaches. Presented by Kelley Monterusso.

How to Read People When Growing Your Career

     Thursday, November 6 from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. Richard M. DeVos Center 302E

Positive interactions require understanding and appropriately responding to all messages being communicated, through body language, expressions, verbal cues and behavioral patterns. Reading people is also a necessary skill for career development. Interviewing, collaborating, negotiating, presenting, conducting meetings and effectively communicating with supervisors, colleagues and subordinates, all require your ability to successfully read others. This workshop explores ways we can develop our ability to read and effectively respond to others verbal and nonverbal cues and the positive impact this skill can have on our careers.

Young Professionals in Higher Education -  Monthly networking and leadership development programs will take place on Thursdays at either 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or 12:00-1:00 p.m Starting September 4, 2014 – All program dates and details are listed on Seminar Site.