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Career Development in Human Resource Management

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The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck

In career development, Human Resource Management has vital importance that centers the entire efforts of the organization. Development of career actually promotes the knowledge, skills, and experiences along with the behavior modifications and techniques of refinement that promotes the value of employment by improving their works. Here are the following reasons why career development is essential in the organization.

  • It is a method of prevention from job burnout.
  • The career information is provided to the employees.
  • The quality of work life is improved.
  • Affirmative action goals are met.

The process of organizational career development is important for both employees and employers. Employees continuously need to upgrade their skills and competencies to meet the current demands whereas organizations must be ready with those employees who can handle the pressure efficiently and cease the risk of falling prey to the changed scenario.

There are many options for developing knowledge, skills, and abilities; and we are encouraged in exploring them by yourself and with your supervisor. There are multiple advantages of career development. Providing constructive career development opportunities for your employees is one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve an organization’s workforce program.

Retain Top Talent

Organizations should understand the need to retain top talents. By providing career development opportunities ensures that valuable individuals are more likely to look within the organization.

Boost Engagement and Productivity

Employees expect to find meaning and directions in their daily work not just jobs and tasks, but meaningful careers and career goals. Making such opportunities visible and available for all eligible ensures that most qualified candidates enter those critical roles.

Strengthen the Succession Pipeline

The backbone of any effective succession planning process is a well-prepared talent pipeline that can be drawn from any time. With career development initiatives in place, top talents gain opportunities to apply for critical roles that may be vacant.

Generate Knowledge Transfer and Retention

Baby boomers are currently the largest generation of active workers. With the current retirement of millions of Baby Boomers. It is crucial for any organization to retain the wealth of knowledge and experience of seasoned employees.

Fill Internal Skill and Role Gaps

Critical high-level roles are becoming more common as roles become more demanding and the demands of leadership grow increasingly complex. The best way to fill these gaps from within the organization is by creating a culture and process that facilitates internal mobility.

Create Positive Employer Branding

An effective career development initiate brands in the organization as one truly cares about its employees, and helping the organization continuously attract the best people for the roles.

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“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Career development is the continual process of managing learning, leisure and work to progress through your life. With so many choices, it can be challenging to know what direction you should take that includes gaining and using the skills and knowledge you need. Career development is directly linked to the goals and objectives set by an individual.

It starts with self-actualization and self-assessment of one’s interests and capabilities. Every employee working in an organization is looking for a career development which moves in the right direction. Career development is actually a collection of conditions, strategies, and processes that must work in harmony to be effective. These includes:

  • A career framework that defines and describes job roles, job families, career levels, and career streams
  • Clear, flexible, and well-communicated career paths
  • Competencies aligned with career paths
  • Performance management aligned with competencies and career paths
  • Learning programs, including Individual Learning Plans
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Enabling technology
  • Workforce planning
  • High-potential development and succession management
  • An assessment program
  • Rewards and recognition
  • A supportive corporate culture that embraces diversity and inclusion
  • A recruiting and onboarding program

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

Amelia Earhart

It is important to note that, career development occurs without any intervention from other people. There are factors and barriers that influence career development. Here are some of them:

Personal Characteristics

Personal characteristics like personality, type, interests, aptitudes, and work-related values play a significant role in career development since they influence which occupations are satisfying, as well as the types of a work environment in which we will succeed.

Financial Obligations

You may find yourself working in a job just for the paycheck. Rather than going after other opportunities but feel inhibited by your financial obligations such as mortgage rent, student loans, and others.

Physical, Mental, and Emotional Impairments

Some of us are better suited to some careers than we are to others due to physical and mental abilities, and limitations.

Lack of Support from Family

Going after a hard-to-achieve goal is even more difficult when your loved ones aren’t behind you. It will have a greater chance of succeeding if you find motivation from other people in your life.

“Where I am today is my starting point. Who I am today is my starting point. My failures and successes of the past, my fears and hopes of the future are all shadows. Today is my reality, and I’ll use it to create my world.”

Taylor Stevens

Although the business environment has been endlessly experiencing negative changes at the same time they need for improving productivity keeps pace with continuously changing technology has also increased. Candidate Development is a series of activities or the ongoing process of developing one’s career. It usually refers to managing one’s career in an intra-organizational scenario. Career development is directly linked to an individual’s growth and satisfaction.


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