Career Development Opportunities available through collaboration between GVSU and GRCC Staff Development

Staff Development is excited to introduce Kim Monaghan, from KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC as our newest facilitator. You may have already had the opportunity to meet Kim, as she has facilitated several workshops at GVSU that have been made available to GRCC employees through the workshop collaboration pilot. Kim has been contracted to present several career development opportunities to GRCC faculty and staff, throughout the spring and summer. She is dedicated to helping professionals proactively develop successful careers that are engaging, sustainable and fulfilling. Kim’s career began in counseling and transitioned into building a forward-focused coaching and consulting business that provides career services to businesses and individuals. Her professional history also includes human resources administration, library and education services, wellness, marketing analysis and industrial and commercial sales and marketing.

Please consider registering for one or more of the following learning opportunities and reap the benefits of Kim’s expertise. You may enroll online at or by calling Staff Development at extension 4285.


UCAN – The University Career Advancement Network

As you grow your career, it’s important to develop a network of professionals willing to provide you with guidance and feedback. The University Career Advancement Network (UCAN) is a LinkedIn group designed to help you integrate routine networking into your day. UCAN is a vehicle for connecting GVSU and GRCC staff members for informational interviewing purposes, mentoring and career guidance by offering a database of fellow professionals who are willing to share, inspire and help you grow professionally. This group will soon include staff members from colleges and universities nationwide. To join, just send an email to Kim Monaghan, KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC, at the following email address: and she’ll send you an invite!


Flourish at Work: Performing at your peak and managing a successful career

Thu April 11, 2013

12:00-2:00 PM

Room 302E, Richard M. DeVos Center, GVSU Pew Campus, GR


Wed June 26, 2013

9:00-11:00 AM

Room 204 Sneden Hall, GRCC

You are in a position to drive your career and not let your career drive you. This workshop is all about the drive and steering your career in the right direction. We’ll begin by looking at what makes your job great and where some tweaks might be needed. What strategies you can take to flourish in what works and change what doesn’t. We’ll also talk about career re-engagement and how personal and professional development parlay into success. Finally, we’ll address the imperative ingredients in peak performance, including: time management, relating well with others, having a positive attitude, taking responsibility for successes and failures and offering superior customer service. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan.


The Career Portfolio: Developing Professional Career Documents

Thu April 18, 2013

9:00-11:00 AM

Room 304, Sneden Hall, GRCC

This workshop focuses on developing the contents of the career portfolio: Resume, Cover Letter and References, etc. We will cover content, composition and style with emphasis on creating polished documents that make an impact and stand apart from the competition. We will also take a look at current trends and how a key part of your portfolio includes a professional social media presence. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan.


THE ONE! Career Networking Event

Thu May 2, 2013

6:00-8:00 PM

Room 105E, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall and Loosemore Gallery, GVSU Pew Campus, GR

Mark your calendar for THE ONE networking event of the year. Discover the power of genuine networking and how you can transform your career through building strategic alliances. We will have a guest presenter, Jennifer Maxson, Practice Group Leader with Varnum Consulting speaking on the importance of communication in building a strong professional network. The presentation will be followed by ‘speed networking’ session. This program is open to all GVSU faculty, staff AND community professionals looking to build their networking skills, advance their careers and/or business. More information can be found at


Moving Up-Preparing for Career Advancement

Thu June 20, 2013

9:00-11:00 AM

Room 124 ATC, GRCC

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 implementing strategies that will increase your chances for success. In this workshop, we’ll discuss mandatory professional development expectations, strategies for building your career portfolio and tips for increasing your transition potential. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan.

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