SWC’s Award-Winning Career Development Program Helps Employees Choose Their Path in IT

September 24, 2015   //   Careers

SWC works hard to retain our talented professionals and have them grow with us. To this end, our career development program focuses on growing your IT skills, steering you down the career path you’re passionate about, and providing incentives that reward you for your talent and dedication.

To date in 2015, we’ve had the following career development opportunities:

  • 70+ talent development events
  • 20+ company-wide training opportunities
  • NEW Consulting 200 level trainings
  • NEW Panel Lunch and Learns
  • NEW Department/Technical Specific Trainings

Put Your Passion to Work at SWC

As the HR & Talent Development Specialist here at SWC Technology Partners, I focus on organization-wide initiatives to improve talent development. I also organize department-specific technical trainings.

Most of our talent development initiatives achieve two essential goals, simultaneously:

  1. Increase the technical, leadership and overall consulting skills of our team and team members
  2. Add value to our clients

For example, this is the second year of our organization-wide “Lunch & Learn” cross-selling training program. Our consultants are encouraged to attend these panel discussions to learn more about a particular solution area. Consultants come away with a greater knowledge of that team’s responsibilities as well as common client pain points and the ability to recognize these cross-selling opportunities.


Do You Have a Passion for Learning?

If you have a passion for growing in your IT Career, SWC is the technology consulting place you want to be. Now, I might be biased, but if you talk to employees about how SWC compares to their previous IT job, you’ll understand why we’ve won been named a Crain’s Chicago Business Best Places to Work for four consecutive years and a Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Company to Work For for seven consecutive years. Recently, we were honored as an Elite winner in the category of Recruitment, Selection & Orientation. We’re proud of these awards because they exemplify our commitment to creating an environment we’re you’re always learning, be it from Lunch & Learns, workshops, mentorship programs, hands-on break fix training, professional skills training, ITIL boot camps, or your teammates.

“It’s a big differentiator for us. Most candidates choose to accept an offer with us based on our ability to help them develop their talent and grow their career.”

– Fran Peters, PHP, SWC’s Human Resources Manager

At SWC you have the opportunity to use your new found knowledge on a wide variety of projects, and you don’t have to have a specific title to gain valuable experience. We don’t get hung up on titles here. We have roles. And most importantly, we’re team players.

Our Career Advocates Guide Your Path

Most organizations say they have a career path for employees, but many times it just isn’t true; there isn’t anyone dedicated to helping you pursue your passion.

At SWC, every new employee is assigned a career advocate with whom they meet with on a regular basis. Your career advocate is a senior or principal-level team member who will help you adapt to your new work environment, gain exposure to different technologies or projects, and ultimately guide you along the path that you are interested in pursuing. We believe that if you’re pursuing a specific area that you’re passionate about and that you enjoy doing, you’ll be motivated and successful.

“At SWC, you’ll typically spend 75% of your day doing something you’re great at, and then the other 25% you’ll spend developing your skills or taking on a new challenge that is outside your comfort zone.”

– Jeff Hoffmann, VP of Application Solutions

If you want to be involved in a specific project and/or learn new technologies, all you have to do is ask your career advocate and they advocate on your behalf to help ensure that you get that opportunity.

Community-Based Training and Team Development

We believe in the value of daily team interaction and shared knowledge. Community-based knowledge impacts both the quality of work that we provide to our clients and the speed at which we develop our internal talent.

One of the ways we build up that shared knowledge is through regular contributions to our knowledge base (KB) articles. Each department helps contribute so that we can share institutional knowledge. It further helps us develop standards and procedures that we can train others on.

We have monthly department or team meetings where we cater lunch and presenters from that team will talk about new technologies, frameworks, and best practices learned from projects. We also run Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) boot camps. Certified subject matter experts from SWC train teams of people on core ITIL principles in preparation for the certification tests.

Grow Your Professional Skills

Besides technical skills training and shadowing, we also want to make sure you keep your professional skills sharp. To that end, we offer training programs like meeting management, presentation skills, business writing, and time management trainings.

Leadership Opportunities

Part of our career development initiatives is centered on leadership. To us, a leader is not necessarily a manager. A leader at SWC is someone who takes a team-first approach.

Join Our Team

We’re a fast-growing organization looking for passionate team players. We promote and reward learning at all levels. If you’re looking for a career doing diverse, entrepreneurial-type IT projects, then look no further! Apply Today!