One of our core values is having a Learning Mindset, which means taking risks and learning continuously to unlock potential in ourselves and others. No matter what stage of your career you’re in, there is always room for growth – especially within the ever-changing landscape of technology. Here are a few ways to take control of your professional development journey and examples from our people – PSers – who are leading the way.
1. Ask for what you need.
Two Senior Associates in our Toronto office saw a gap in the cross-discipline learning opportunities offered to our junior and mid-level talent. They saw that their peers were interested in learning together and desired the comradery of a group learning program that was not available to them…yet. With the support of senior leadership, these two PSers created an award-winning program to build multidimensional leaders, starting at the junior and mid-level career stages, inclusive of all disciplines and backgrounds that is now rolling out across our organization.
SPEED encapsulates Publicis Sapient’s capabilities – Strategy, Product, Experience, Engineering and Data. The curriculum of SPEED Academy is modeled on one of our existing senior-level fellowships and brings these cross-discipline teams together to approach challenges holistically, just as we do for our clients.
“We realized we had learned most ‘on the job’ when pushed to work with other disciplines for projects outside of our learned skillsets,” says Taylor Frey, cofounder of the program. “And the leaders we respect have understanding across all capabilities. Why couldn’t we build the same understanding in our Senior Associates and Managers?”
Taylor talks about the process of creating the program on the Own Your Potential podcast. Play the podcast episode on Spotify.