Career Planning


Career planning is a bundle of activities that help prepare employees for advancement within their current organization. It involves assessing the employee’s strengths and interests, mapping a career path that aligns with the organization’s workforce requirements, providing support and guidance, and channeling development effort towards the goals. When done effectively, career planning can be an impactful retention and engagement tool. Additional benefits to the organization may include the availability of a talent pool whose skills are closely aligned with the organization’s needs, ability to attract talent and minimization of future risks by retaining employees who have deep institutional knowledge.

Course description

In this course, participants will gain knowledge of the role of career planning in a Talent Management system.  Additionally, the course will teach the steps involved in developing a career management system, the steps involved in managing individual careers and popular models and frameworks used by experts in career management.  The learning experiences will also include examples of how three leading organizations practice career management and special cases of career planning including new graduate career management, senior leader career management, informal career development and helping employees manage their own careers.  At the end of the course, a participant will learn how to evaluate a career planning program.

Course objectives

In this course, participants will build the capability to:

  • conduct a TM system effectiveness audit
  • identify opportunities for integrating TM practices to meet a business need
  • assist in the recruitment of evidence-based TM professionals
  • identify gaps in TM practices compared to industry benchmarks

Tools:  This course gives participants access to tools and worksheets, including:

    1. A Guide to Picking Career Planning Activities by Career Stages
    2. Organizational Career Management Practices – Maturity Chart
    3. Super’s Model:  Matching Career Management Practice with Career Stage
    4. A Guide to Selecting Assessments for Career Planning
    5. Overview of the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
    6. A Guide to Managing Challenges Related to Career Management Programs
    7. A Guide to Segmenting Career Management Programs by Organizational Level
    8. A Guide to Segmenting Career Management Programs by Career Stages

Assessment: Each course includes an end-of-course assessment (quiz) and assignments to gauge learning and the opportunity to practice the skills. To promote learning, participants receive feedback on right and wrong answers, as well as, guidance for reviewing the relevant sections of the course.

Discussion Boards: All participants will have access to the community board on this topic.  The discussion boards can be used to post questions, start a new discussion or seek clarification from a mentor.

Other Learning Activities: Participants will have access to games, flashcards, glossary, bibliography developed to engage with the content in a fun way and assist with learning.

An interactive 3.5+ hour online course with case studies, assignment, tools, and activities.
Access duration for one course is one month. If purchased as part of a certification package, access duration is set by the package plan.
Participants who complete the interactive lesson and pass the course quiz will earn a certificate of completion.

Career Planning

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