A career can be understood as an evolving sequence of work experiences. Traditionally these experiences have been linked to specific roles, situated within the social space of an organisation or occupation. In the contemporary world, careers are increasingly described as turbulent paths, unfolding across multiple organisational, occupational and cultural settings. Implicitly, the career literature advocates that these new types of career are ‘the way to go’, in order to secure career success, but is this actually borne out in reality?
Within this new paradigm, career transitions can be expected to occur more frequently, a phenomenon that is increasingly evident in employment data (Chudzikowski, 2012). Well-handled career transitions, therefore, have the potential to deliver individual career success and wider organisational benefits.
Instead of promising predictable career paths, organisations should instead focus on creating opportunities that offer the potential for personal growth, if they want to enhance employee motivation and commitment to the organisation. As a corollary to this, organisations also need to ensure that they are providing their employees with the necessary skills to take advantage of these opportunities and that they are themselves aware of the factors that influence the type, frequency and success of career transitions (Hess et al, 2012).
We ensure that our clients can offer 21st-century careers to their emerging talent by helping them understand what skills their organisation will need in the future; how and where these skills can be best developed and; the key transitions this may involve. Once this has been achieved we use a blend of digital learning materials and group coaching to ensure high potentials have all the tools they will need to drive a successful career in the organisation.
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