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
Take charge of your own development and career
Close the skill gap for current and future positions
Seize development opportunities
Remember there are no promises or guarantees of a promotion
Take time with team members to discuss career aspirations
Listen and provide feedback, ideas and contacts
Make choices to support development
Communicate future direction and skills requirements
Provide information and tools when applicable
Communicate internal opportunities
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-functional team, taking on a new task, job shadowing, 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
Do you have any overused strengths or underdeveloped skills that might cause your career to stall or derail?
Considering feedback from others, are you perceived to have the skills required for the business needs of the future? If not, how could you shape that perception in a favorable direction?
How can you leverage your current skills and talents for your future aspirations?
What skills or talents are missing to qualify you for your future aspirations?
Does your feedback from others tell you anything about how feasible your aspirations are?
Do you currently have the skills and talents needed for the future business needs? If not what can you do now to get ready?
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
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 #company-announcements so that fellow Gitlabbers can join too!
New Manager Enablement Program
Transitioning to a manager role is the growing resource for all new managers at GitLab. It contains a link to a checklist, readings, and a form to help learning and development customize your development as a manager.
Common Ground: Harassment Prevention Training
All team members will be sent an invitation link from the people team to complete this training using Will Interactive's LMS. Once you receive the email please do the following:
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?
Enter in your name and GitLab email address
Create a password
You may be sent a link to verify your account
Once you have logged in successfully you will be taken to your home screen
Once there you should see the course title GitLab for Supervisors: Common Ground Business for Supervisors or GitLab for Employees:Common Ground Business for Employees, if you live in California the course title will include CA within it.
Click on that to begin the training.
For managers and leaders, this is 2 hours long, but you can stop and come back to it. For all other GitLabbers, this is 1 hour long.
You can also use the navigation bar at the top right-hand side of screen for volume and screen settings
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
Once completed, People Ops will upload a copy of the certificate in BambooHR in the verification folder
You may also keep a record of the certificate for your own files. To create the certificate, click on view in the course title
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 #peopleops channels in slack.