Human Capital

Employee Tools and Resources for Personal Growth and Development

As an employee, you are primarily responsible for advocating for your training needs to help achieve your career goals. These resources will allow you to take control of your personal growth and development. It’s important that you discuss your current and long term career goals with your supervisor on a regular basis. Instead of applying and assuming your supervisor knows your intent, we recommend discussing training and development opportunities of interest, as most, if not all listed options require supervisory approval to participate.


Individual Development Plan
The IDP process provides an opportunity for you to share your professional goals, and to communicate your strengths and developmental needs with your supervisor. Creating an IDP with your supervisor will help him/her to understand what you need, how to keep moving forward, and will also help prioritize your developmental needs along with those of your team.

DOI Talent
DOI Talent is the current Department Learning Management System. Here, you can search for and request enrollment in training classes offered by USGS and other bureaus in DOI. Traditional classroom training, online training, and blended hybrid classes are available.

The SkillSoft Online Learning Library is available at no charge to DOI employees. SkillSoft's library of over 2,000 online courses is available 24/7 and covers a wide range of topics. SkillSoft offers courses that satisfy a number of mandatory training requirements including Diversity/EEO and Role-Based Security Training (RBST) for IT personnel. Skillsoft courses can be found in the DOI Talent system.

Links to Additional Training
There are many of training providers and commercial vendors that can meet your needs. When you contact a vendor for training, be sure to ask if they offer a discount or special government pricing. This list is in no way comprehensive, nor an endorsement, but does provide a starting point as you look for specific training opportunities.

Leadership Development
Growing skilled leaders is extremely important to the success of the USGS in achieving its mission. We believe that leaders exist at all levels of our organization. This program grows our future leaders.

Mentoring Program
The USGS Mentoring Program provides cost-effective training and development to all participants, encouraging professional and personal growth. It is an effective form of knowledge transfer with a personal side that provides unique benefits to both mentoring partners.

Goal Setting
If you want to succeed, you need to take time to set goals. Goals provide you with focus and direction. They also help you to determine your next steps to keep you moving forward and feeling satisfied with your job. Click here to be redirected to a helpful article on goal setting.

Continuous Learning Guidance
High-performing organizations invest in employee development. The USGS is committed to being a world leader in the natural sciences through scientific excellence and responsiveness to society’s needs. To achieve this mission, developing our workforce is a priority, not an afterthought. Guidance on recommended training and development practices for the USGS is important as you develop your path forward.

Training and Development Strategies
What if you need more than training? What other ways can you grow and develop yourself personally and professionally? Use the provided flow chart to see what other options are available and help you decide what options will best meet your needs.

Cross-training, Details, and Collateral Duty Opportunities
Permanent USGS employees who have supervisory support can utilize the Shared Workforce Ad Portal (SWAP) to find new short term or permanent work reassignments.


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