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Career Development In Pakistan

Career Development In Pakistan

In simple terms it means 'Providing employees an opportunity to grow', especially to those employees who deliver performance.

Growth means, to an employee, one or more of the following:

    Climbing up the ladder in the organizational hierarchy.
    On-going increase in remuneration.
    Acquiring higher level skills & competencies.
    Occupying higher level Job positions.
    Having an opportunity to avail of some exclusive benefits (perks & privileges).

Career development is not a mere management responsibility. It is a composite organizational process which involves people, addresses their ambitions, assigns them roles & responsibilities commensurate with their potential, evaluates their performance, and creates Job positions to accommodate growth ambitions of employees. In the career development cycle, a number of actions have to take place at different levels as outlined below:

Decide what they want from their careers now and in the future.

Examine individually, or along with their Supervisors, their interests & ambitions.

Create 'Development Plans' by obtaining inputs from the Supervisor, to meet the requirements of the current Job and to cater for the long term perspectives.

Work with the Supervisor to identify on the job learning and training opportunities and other avenues for professional development.
Managers/ Supervisors

Identify the job-related knowledge, skills, competencies and experience needed for an employee to be effective in that position.

Help subordinates to define their short and long term development needs which support organizational objectives and employee's career goals.

Support Employee Development Plans by indicating specific steps that need to be initiated to accomplish the learning goals.

Help the employee in understanding the type of Jobs which will be best suited for his/ her career growth.
Organization/ Management

Provide a job and compensation structure that support the organization's as well as individual's growth & development perspectives.

Enrich job-positions to create more challenges in the work-environment.

Provide time and funds for employee development activities.

Create processes to utilize the knowledge, skills and abilities of each employee, aligned fully to the organizational goals.

Undertake pro-active man-power planning to meet future staffing needs.

Evaluate employees & create succession pipe-lines for vital job positions in the organization.

Identify & nurture talent and reward performance in a transparent manner.
Systems Approach

Career development requires a systems approach.

This implies Institutionalization of processes to automatically capture essential data about each employee at the time of recruitment or induction.

It also includes maintenance, over the service span history of employment, of the following details:

    training details,
    performance statistics,
    awards & recognitions,
    special skills & competencies,
    pay increments and
    many other fields which depict the capability profile of an individual.
candidates. Remember though, it all starts with a compelling job description that defines what the person will do, not what the person must have. This is the essential first step of every successful search assignment.


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