Core Career Development Practices that Translate Employee Ambitions into Occupational Progression Action Plans.

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This guide is part of a progression set comprised of Core, Advanced, and Emerging Career Development practices.

What it is

Core Career Development is a process through which employee development is guided towards a targeted series of successive job roles that build upon one another and provide continued growth and challenge over a period of years. The guiding principle is leveraging employee skills and capabilities as they mature to align with strategic company growth plans and aspirations.

Career development is a partnership between the employee and the organization. The company provides direction and resources and the employee acts on the motivation for increased challenges, responsibilities, and business impact. Such motivation is demonstrated in the continuous acquisition or enhancement of new and/or enhanced skills and capabilities that directly help build broader organizational capabilities.

Why use it

A thoughtfully designed career development program creates a “win-win” scenario for the company and its employees. The company gains an ongoing supply of up-to-date technical and managerial skills, reduced employee turnover due to increased satisfaction with long-term career opportunities, and better management of skill gaps with more employees participating in learning and development activities.

From an employee perspective, the ability to see potential future job opportunities can reduce job burnout concerns and create a stronger desire to continue to advance with the company. The availability of development feeds the needs of motivated employees for growth and continues a drive to be recognized for one’s level of expertise and capability. The acts of seeking out and completing personal and professional development also yield heightened loyalty and performance for the successful individual as growth is rewarded with new and often increased responsibilities.

Practice guides at this level

Developing success profiles to build a foundation for career mobility.

Identifying job success requirements for all positions to communicate what is needed to succeed in each job and what skills and experiences are required and preferred.

Constructing career paths to identify future aspirational roles.

Identifying and documenting typical and idealized pathways between types and levels of roles.

Identifying and documenting individual strengths, skills, and functional expertise.

Leveraging the intersection of success profiles and career paths for employee self-assessments of their education, experience, strengths, and skillsets against those outlined in the profiles.

Conducting development planning to establish business-aligned learning for each employee.

Creating a formal plan for individual strengths, ambitions, and work preferences relative to company direction.

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