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Career Consulting

Tufts University relies on talented faculty and staff to achieve its mission. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your professional development goals while contributing to the success of the university as a whole. To this end, Human Resources offers Career Consulting Services to help you explore the next steps in  your career at Tufts.

Career Consulting in Three Phases

Below is an overview of the services we offer. To initiate this process, follow the instructions in the first phase.

  1. Self-Assessment
    During the first phase of the process, you will complete a Career Consulting Application. The application guides you through a self-assessment activity to help clarify the type of work that interests you. When you have completed the application and self-assessment, follow the instructions on the form to submit it to Human Resources.
  2. Career Counseling
    During the Career Counseling phase, you will meet one-on-one with a Human Resources career consultant to discuss your career-related goals and interests and complete a competency-based assessment. After the meeting, the career consultant will review the information you provided and identify potential matches with career paths at Tufts.

    You will receive a Career Path Summary with this information by email a few weeks after meeting with the career consultant.

  3. Individual Development Planning
    Once you have received the Career Path Summary, you will have the option of a second meeting with the career consultant to explore the career paths in more depth. The two of you will work together to develop an Individual Development Plan, or IDP focused on specific competencies related to positions at Tufts. In addition to these key competencies, the IDP will help identify activities to develop those competencies. 

    Note: You will need your manager or supervisor's approval before meeting with the career consultant to create an Individual Development Plan. 

Your Role in the Career Development Process

You play a key role in planning your career. This includes:

  • Requesting career consulting services
  • Managing the career development activities
  • Completing all development activities while carrying out your current duties

We also recommend that you discuss professional growth and development goals with your manager or supervisor on a regular basis.

For More Information

Contact Kelly O'Byrne, Senior Learning and Development Specialist at