Further Study

Below are a few Professional Development and Other General Courses courses available to the Harvard Community in the Harvard Training Portal (HTP). If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Neira.


More Ways to Learn

In addition to the courses listed in the bottom of this page, Harvard University offers a range of professional development courses and programs:

  • Accounting & Finance Learning Portal - developed to give staff the ability to access the current inventory of accounting and finance training courses in a centralized location. Please refer to the Competency Based Trainings section of the portal
  • Bridge Program - an adult education and training program that provides the courses, services, and resources you need to excel in your current role and meet your goals
  • Career Development - Staff members are encouraged to use these resources and to see Harvard as an active partner in advancing your career
  • Center for Workplace Development - provides expertise in developing staff members, growing leadership, and preparing teams, staff, and leaders to succeed 
  • Leadership Development - Training, tools, and support to help you build skills and reach your goals as a leader
  • Linkedin Learning - free online tutorials
  • Harvard ManageMentor (HarvardKey required) - free, on-demand skill building resources
  • Benefits: Work/Life - Harvard HR offered courses on mindfulness and retirement planning

Professional Development

Difficult Conversations

Having Difficult Conversations

Conflict is inevitable—in work and in life. Managers must address performance issues, and colleagues with competing priorities must figure out how to work together. These situations call for having difficult conversations. In this course, Marlene Chism explains how to have difficult conversations, build your communication skills, and improve your relationships, teamwork, and business performance. She explains how to identify underlying differences in work styles, goals, and power dynamics and change the way you view conflict. She provides a model to move the conversation in a positive direction and to determine next steps. Plus, learn how to check for resistance with a single useful phrase.

Editing and Proofreading

Business Etiquette: Phone, Email, and Text

Phone, email, or text? Learn what communication method to use when. Suzanna Kaye starts with email, explaining everything from setting up signatures to striking the right tone. She also explains how to best use autoresponders, acknowledge receipt of an email, and follow up on unanswered email. The lessons help viewers evaluate their own email communications, ensuring that the recipients won't misinterpret them in any way. Next up is text etiquette, including what and what not to say in a text message. Suzanna then looks at common business communications like letters, requests for payment, and thank-yous, and how to make action items communicate the right level of urgency. Finally, the course covers phone etiquette, including proper greetings, voicemails, out-of-office messages, and essential phone behavior.

Introduction to Excel

Excel 2016 Essential Training

Start mastering Excel, the world's most popular and powerful spreadsheet program, with Excel expert Dennis Taylor. Learn how to best enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, work with multiple worksheets, format the appearance of your data and cells, and build charts and PivotTables. Other lessons cover the powerful IF, VLOOKUP, and COUNTIF family of functions; the Goal Seek, Solver, and other data analysis tools; and automating tasks with macros.


Managing Competing Demands

Managing Competing Priorities

This two-hour session focuses on managing communication, boundaries and setting expectations so you can accomplish your most important priorities effectively.
You Will Learn:
  • To ask clear questions
  • How to discuss issues that interfere with your priorities (added work, ambiguity, requests that can’t be turned down, interruptions and others)
Audience: All Benefit Eligible Employees
Pre-Requisites: none 
Cost: none 
Late Drop/Cancel Fee: $75
Please email trainingportalhelp@harvard.edu with all technical questions or issues and direct class content and logistics questions to training@harvard.edu.

Time Management

Time Management

Improve your time management skills so you can achieve your goals. Learn how to prioritize your responsibilities, create an efficient schedule, control time-waters, and promote good time management skills with your team.

Writing at Work

Writing at Work

This half-day,3-hour workshop class provides tools for making the writing process manageable, the writer more confident, with a professional final product.  Participants will build a toolbox for structuring language and an approach to writing preparation.

Cost: $50.00



Advanced Harvard Accounting

Advanced Harvard Accounting

In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the accounting that is unique to Harvard and nonprofit organizations and how it applies to your daily responsibilities. You will explore the complicated accounting areas associated with each of the University's financial statements.  Through focused exercises and case examples, you will practice using these complex accounting principles and discover the importance of promoting an accurate accounting environment consistent with the University's values and objectives.  This course is directed towards individuals working in the tub finance offices, Financial Administration and other areas of Central Administration who have need of an understanding of the University's more complex accounting areas.

Audience: Individuals interested in a more advanced understanding of accounting and how it is applied to Harvard's financial reporting.

HUBS Basic Planner

HUBS Basic Planner 

Harvard University Budgeting System (HUBS) is a set of web-based Oracle Hyperion Planning applications used for budget data entry, estimates, annotations, reporting, and submission associated with the annual budget and planning cycles. This course contains three parts : Part 1 is an introduction to HUBS, Part 2 covers entering employee salary budget information and Part 3 covers entering non-salary expenses.

Audience: HUBS Basic Planners

HUBS Overview of Smart Analytics

HUBS Overview of Smart Analytics 

This course provides an overview of  SmartView, a tool that provides users with a platform to create ad hoc budget reports in an Excel environment.

Audience: Department budget planners