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Make The Most of Your Remote Work Experience by Developing New Skills From Home

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2020) — With many University of Kentucky employees working remotely, now is an opportune time to learn new skills by taking virtual courses through Human Resources Training & Development. Though the department’s in-person group trainings, events and services have been suspended in order to promote social distancing, many of HR’s professional development and technology training courses are now available virtually. 

When it comes to lifelong learning, there is no time like the present. HR Training & Development offers many training opportunities, whether that be required training for new supervisors at UK, professional development skills to help with day-to-day job functions or technology training to increase software knowledge.

Anyone can be a leader, even if they’re not in a supervisory position. HR’s Basics of Leadership course is regularly offered virtually. This course covers topics of team management, delegating tasks and adapting to new situations.

University SuperVision consists of 15 required courses for new-at-UK supervisors. The program is assigned to new supervisors in myUK learning. Per policy, they have 180 days from their date of hire to complete the program. Additionally, non-supervisors can prepare for future leadership opportunities by registering to take SuperVision courses through myUK Learning.

Professional development training is open to all UK employees who are interested in learning new skills. Topics include diversity, communication, professionalism and relationship building. For those who specifically want to brush up on software knowledge or master new programs, technology training courses are also regularly available. Topics include Photoshop, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and more.

The full schedule for all virtual training courses can be viewed on HR’s training calendar. To sign up for any course, log into myUK from the Firefox browser. Tutorials and FAQs about myUK Learning can be found here.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.