Career mapping

Essay by brooklynhui888University, Master'sC, June 2004

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Strategic plans are essential for any company to succeed. They guide leaders and employees in their decision making and help ensure everyone understands and meets objectives. This type of formal document can be just as valuable for those in your department when it comes to their professional aspirations. Everyone from accounts payable clerks to senior accountants and managers needs to have a detailed path in mind in order to achieve their goals.

As a supervisor, you can provide critical guidance to employees through career mapping. With this process, you collaborate with individuals on your team to set long-term objectives and detail the steps required to accomplish them.

There are a number of benefits to career mapping. By offering this service, you demonstrate to employees that you care about their advancement potential and want to see them succeed, which can increase their job satisfaction and ultimately their productivity. At the same time, you help build a loyal workforce that's dedicated to making a contribution to your organization now and in the future.

Perform an assessment

To begin the career-mapping process, give staff members a worksheet that includes the following categories: values, working style, strengths, and weaknesses. Next to each category, leave space for the employees to list related priorities and qualities they can rank on a scale of one to five, with five indicating the point most important to them. Here's what to address specifically in each of the sections.

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* Values. Staff members should write down what matters to them personally when they think about their careers. For instance, they might list having a mentor, competitive compensation, work/life balance, access to the latest financial software applications, or a collaborative work environment.

* Working style. This should cover the types of projects your employees enjoy, the amount...