The Postal Service offers several tools and programs for employees who have made professional development one of their goals this year.
The options include:
• The Learning Library, part of HERO, the organization’s learning management system, which offers more than 120,000 self-development resources, including videos, books, audiobooks, certification preparation tools and textbooks.
The content is designed to offer a structured path for employees’ personal growth and help them enhance their skills, build confidence and gain insights into their strengths and opportunities for development.
Topics include leadership development, software development, customer services, project management, and diversity and inclusion.
• Career conferences, which USPS holds in more than 50 locations nationwide from April through September each year.
The conferences include networking opportunities with local postal leaders and interactive sessions that are designed to equip participants with the tools and resources to take the next step in their professional development.
Career conferences are open to all employees, while off the clock. Dates and locations for this year’s events will be announced soon.
• Virtual supervisor job fairs, which are held four times each year.
These fairs show participants what to expect in a supervisor position, showcase career paths and explain how to apply for openings.
Attendees also learn how to take charge of their personal development and leverage USPS resources to reach their goals.
• The Centralized Funding for Development Scholarship, which is designed to financially support nonbargaining employees who seek to enroll in training, individual college courses, degree programs or professional certification programs.
The current application window is Jan. 1-31. Funds awarded during this cycle are for use between April 1 and Sept. 30.
• Tuition discounts, which several colleges and universities offer Postal Service employees.
Most of these institutions offer undergraduate and graduate programs that can be completed online. In most cases, discounts are also available to USPS employees’ immediate family members.
“As part of the Delivering for America plan, the Postal Service is working to develop a strong, stable workforce,” said Jenny Utterback, organization development vice president. “Our programs and tools can help employees achieve their development goals and contribute to the Postal Service’s success.”
The MyHR LiteBlue page has more information.