Professional Growth and Advancement (PGA) Series
The Professional Growth and Advancement (PGA) series is a program of study consisting of ten eLearning courses and a final assessment. The series is intended for all State employees, but especially those who may be beyond the very beginning of their careers and are seeking to build necessary skills to grow and advance into higher-level positions.
PGA #1: Growing Your Career (SoNM-1771)
Get the tools and training you need to drive your professional growth. Learn to 1) conduct a self-assessment, choose a path that aligns with your needs, and explore opportunities; and 2) set attainable career goals to create and implement your plan.
PGA #2: Take Control of Your Future: Career Development 101 (SoNM-1757)
In this course, you’ll learn how to map your career development plan, track progress, and add value to your role. You’ll also discover how to assess your goals, improve your personal brand, and get the career advancement you’ve been working toward.
PGA #3: Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills for Career Advancement (SoNM-1721)
In this course, learn to stand out in every step of the application process. You’ll learn how to write a compelling resume and cover letter. Then, you’ll master the art of interviewing to seal the deal and land a competitive job offer.
PGA #4: Business Writing Fundamentals (SoNM-1751)
Learn to 1) define your writing goals, analyze your audience, and choose the best medium for your message; 2) explore techniques for structuring your writing, editing, and proofreading your work; and 3) ensure that it’s clear, concise, and courteous.
PGA #5: The Art of Managing Up (SoNM-1775)
What part do you play in ensuring an effective, collaborative relationship with your manager? In this course, you’ll explore the art of “managing up”—making your employee-supervisor relationship the best and most effective it can be.
PGA #6: Developing Your Career with the Help of a Mentor (SoNM-1714)
Explore what mentoring is and how a great mentor can vault your career to the next level. You’ll then learn how to find a mentor and adopt the attitudes and behaviors you need to be a model mentee and the get the most out of the process.
PGA #7: How to Give Helpful Workplace Feedback (SoNM-1780)
In this course, you’ll learn what feedback is, why it’s valuable, and how to overcome the fear of giving it. You’ll also learn to follow a step-by-step feedback process, deliver an effective message, and handle difficult reactions.
PGA #8: Receiving and Seeking Feedback (SoNM-1718)
Learn to receive and respond to feedback gracefully, such as how to react, what to do if you don’t agree with the feedback, and questions to solicit feedback that’s more helpful. You’ll also learn how best to seek more feedback to help you grow.
PGA #9: Problem-Solving Fundamentals (SoNM-1781)
You’ll start with a five-step problem-solving process anyone can use. Then, you’ll learn strategies and behaviors to make problem-solving easier. Finally, you’ll get tips for rising above challenges and barriers that will inevitably come your way.
PGA #10: Creating and Delivering Successful Presentations (SoNM-1774)
Presenting information well is a skill that will set you apart. Learn how to: 1) define objectives, organize content, and bring it to life with visual aids; 2) rehearse, identify areas for improvement, and cope with nerves; and 3) deal with tough questions.
PGA #11: Final Course (SoNM-1790)
Assess your knowledge and obtain your final certificate for completion of the series.
These courses are for New Mexico State Government Employees ONLY. Classes are offered free of charge.
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an accommodation to participate in the class, please email Personnel.Training@spo.nm.gov.