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Welcome to the Learning & Development (L&D) page at GitLab! L&D is an essential part of any organization's growth, success and overall business strategy. We want to support the development of our GitLabbers' competencies, skills and knowledge by providing them with the tools they need and also the opportunities to progress their own personal and professional development.

What is Career Development

Career development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future.

##Career Development Roles and Responsibilities

Employee Owned

Manager Facilitated

GitLab Supported

70-20-10 Rule for Development

70% of your development should come from on-the-job and action learning. This can include development experiences like managing a project, serving on a cross-funcational team, taking on a new task, job shadowingg, job rotation, etc.

20% of your development should come from interactions with others. This includes having a mentor, being a mentor, coaching, participating in communities of practice, serving as a leader in your organization, etc.

10% of your development should come from training, including classes, seminars, webinars, podcasts, reading, conferences, etc.

Additional Questions to Think About

External Resources some with no cost

Stanford's Centre for Professional Development - (http://scpd.stanford.edu/home) Yale Open Courseware - (https://oyc.yale.edu/) MIT Open Courseware - (https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm) Notre Dame Open Courseware - (https://www.edx.org/school/notredamex)

iTunes Career Podcasts - An example of a leadership podcast

Dose of Leadership with Richard Rierson - Authentic & Courageous Leadership Development (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dose-of-leadership-podcast)

Career Mapping and Development

We have started this process at GitLab by defining Junior, Senior and Staff advancement levels. Career Mapping helps GitLabbers to understand and develop the skills they need to achieve their goals, giving them clear criteria.
Mapping helps managers and leaders internally develop the skills and knowledge they need to achieve future business goals. The key to this is to identify the key skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to master each level. Another essential tool is a career development plan, here are some examples:

Managers should discuss career development at least once a month at the 1:1 and then support their team members with creating a plan to help them achieve their career goals. If you would to know more about this please checkout the career mapping course video

Language Courses

If you have any language courses you would like to recommend or links to websites please add them to this section.

There is also a way to practice foreign languages and ask for advice in several Slack channels, each dedicated to a specific language. You can find all these channels by searching for channels starting with #lang. If you're missing a channel for your target language, feel free to create one and mention it in #general so that fellow gitlabbers can join too!

Common Ground: Harassment Prevention for Managers

All managers will be sent an invitation link from people ops to complete this training using Will Interactive's LMS. Once you receive the email please do the following:

  1. Underneath the green Sign In box, click on the Sign Up Now link (also in green) which is right after Don't have an account?
  2. Enter in your name and email address
  3. Create a password
  4. You may be sent a link to verify your account
  5. Once you have logged in successfully you will be taken to your home screen
  6. Once there you should see the course title GitLab: Sexual Harassment Training
  7. Click on that to begin the training. This is 2 hrs long, but you can stop and come back to it.
  8. You can also use the navigation bar at the top right-hand side of screen for volume and screen settings
  9. To the left and right of the center screen you should see this symbol: > which you can click on to move forward and back through the training
  10. People ops will send you a certificate of completion once the training has been completed. A copy of the certificate will be filed in BambooHR in the verification folder
  11. To create the certificate, click on view in the course title
  12. Scroll down to users then click on completion certificates to download the PDFs

If you have any questions or need further help please ping people ops in the #manager_training or #peopleops channels in slack.