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How Do I Make A Career Path?

Career pathing is the process used by an employee to chart a course within an organization for his or her career path and career development. Career pathing involves understanding what knowledge, skills, personal characteristics, and experience are required for an employee to progress his or her career laterally, or through access to promotions and / or departmental transfers.

Career pathing requires an employee to take an honest look at his or her career goals, skills, needed knowledge, experience, and personal characteristics.

 Career pathing requires the employee to make a plan to obtain what is necessary in each of these areas to carry out his or her career path.

You Owe Yourself a Career Path Plan

Are you reaping the benefits of a thoughtfully developed, written, employer-supported career path plan? Creating a career path, or career pathing, is an essential component of your life-long career management.

A career path plan is also a critical factor in performance development planning (PDP) in which a supervisor and reporting employee discuss and plan developmental opportunities for the employee. The PDP is important because it is written, shared with the supervisor, generally tracked by the organization for effectiveness, and reviewed quarterly (recommended) or regularly.

The performance appraisal, in some organizations, is also an opportunity for career pathing. Career pathing is also perceived, in organizations with a formal process, as having institutional support.

The career path encompasses both the employee’s desired destination and the steps, experience, and development he or she will need to make progress on the journey. A career path gives the employee a sense of direction, a way to assess career progress, and career goals and milestones.

Developing a career path is easier, and more supported, in an organization that has a PDP process, or an effective performance appraisal or career planning process.

You can, however, as an individual employee, make your own career path plan. You are the individual for whom the career path is the most important. You deserve a thoughtful career path plan.

*** Article Culled From The “Balance”. Written By Susan M. Heathfield

Contact the Society For Employee Relations To Learn More About Creating Your Career Path. Send Email To Services@SocietyForEmployeeRelations.com

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