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There are many ways to develop and grow your career at Stanford—from professional development courses and training to networking tips and career guidance, employees are a major asset to the university, and we encourage you to advance your career here. Below is information and resources to support your internal mobility and growth. 


Although creating a diverse, professional network takes time and effort, it is deeply fulfilling and well worth the time in the long run. A diverse network will help you broaden your perspective, understand how to build a more inclusive environment, build your career and others' careers, and gain professional knowledge from different perspectives. For tips and information on diversifying and building your network, view the Expanding Your Professional Network tip sheet.

Career guidance

Don’t know where to start or want to learn more about other roles at Stanford? Career guidance resources are available on the Learning at Stanford section of the Cardinal at Work website to help guide you in the right direction. Below are a couple of highlights. 

Career Conversations 

Panel discussions were held in 2019 to help you understand various staff roles across the university, including guidance and tips to support you as you build your network by sharing and learning career insights. 

View previously recorded session

Career Counseling Network

Personalized career development assistance from independent, confident career counselors. 

Learn more and review the steps for making an appointment

Professional development

A variety of development courses and connection opportunities are available for you to learn new skills and techniques that will improve your job performance and help support your professional growth. Below are a few featured professional development resources.

LinkedIn Learning 

13,000+ courses to advance your professional development. LinkedIn Learning is available at no charge to university and SLAC faculty benefits-eligible staff, and students. 

Learn more and login to LinkedIn Learning

Continuing Studies

550+ courses (evening, weekend and online) taught by Stanford faculty and industry experts to promote your intellectual exploration and exchange. Courses are STAP-eligible

View upcoming courses

Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program (STRP)

Funds to partially or fully cover tuition and fees for courses meeting requirements of undergraduate or graduate degree programs for benefits-eligible staff. 

Learn more and view steps for applying

Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP)

Provides reimbursement for tuition, registration fees and required textbooks for any training activity directly related to your job or a career development effort.

Learn more about eligibility and coverage

For additional professional development resources at Stanford, visit the Learning at Stanford section of the Cardinal at Work website. 

Internal mobility

If you are seeking internal mobility, you should have ongoing conversations with your manager about career opportunities and growth. Be transparent with your manager about your interest in internal opportunities as early in the process as possible.

Informing your current manager is not a prerequisite for expressing interest in or applying to an internal opportunity; however, once you are considered a candidate and engage beyond the interview process’s exploratory stage, you are strongly encouraged to open a dialogue with your current manager to promote trust and support for the your goals and aspirations. If you are uncomfortable in opening a dialogue with your current manager, you are encouraged to seek support (e.g., hiring manager, HR Manager, etc.) in facilitating such dialogue.

Learn more about career mobility

How to apply for jobs as an internal candidate

Visit the Stanford Careers site