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Creating a Framework for Career Development

A Career Development program allows an employee to reflect on their career interests and goals and identify roles that they may wish to move into. After an employee has identified a career path, they can determine how well their knowledge, experience, and competencies fit the requirements of the role. The employee can then develop an individual learning and development plan to address any gaps. A career development framework can help you to organize your program, policies, procedures, and tools so that all employees can take ownership of their careers.

An effective career development framework includes the following five steps:

Step 1: Reflect 

During this step, the employees needs to consider their own career goals and aspirations and what career they would like to pursue.

Step 2: Discover

The employee can explore potential career opportunities with the organization to identify positions that may relate to their short- and long-term career goals.

Step 3: Assess

The employee can assess their own knowledge, experience, and competencies against the requirements of the role they would like to move into. They can then identify any strengths and gaps and set learning and development goals. 

Step 4: Develop 

An employee can create an individual learning and development plan tied to their goals. They can then pursue learning and development activities related to any gaps they may need to address in order to reach their career goals.

Step 5: Evaluate

The employee can then re-assess their knowledge, experience, and competencies to determine if they have reached their learning goals or if they need to pursue additional learning and development opportunities.