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Uncover and Market Internal Career Path Opportunities

Future-proof your workforce by enabling employees to drive their own careers.

  • A VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environment makes it increasingly difficult for organizations to predict the skills required or positions available in the future.
  • The talent economy is increasingly fluid and flexible, and perceptions of a career are evolving as a result.

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Critical Insight

  • Career path programs are not outdated, but they need to be approached differently – it’s less about creating a framework and more about creating visible opportunities.
  • Amidst an increasingly fluid and flexible talent economy and a broadening definition of “career,” employees must drive their career development and the organization must provide support to get them there.

Impact and Result

  • The need for employees to chart their career paths in the face of constantly changing skills has arrived. Build a program that empowers employees to drive their own careers and provides them with the tools to do so.
  • In a VUCA environment, career paths offer a double benefit. Employees acquire a wide range of skills and explore interests, and organizations see increased engagement, bench strength, and retention.

Uncover and Market Internal Career Path Opportunities Research & Tools

2. Determine highlighted career moves and align HR practices

Align career moves with supporting HR practices to action plan and market employee-driven career paths.

3. Launch, measure, and provide support

Create program resources for managers, plan project communication and launch.

Career Path

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How to complete this course:

Use these videos, along with the Project Blueprint deck above, to gain an understanding of the subject. Start with the Introduction, then move through each of the Course Modules. At the end of each Module, you will be required to complete a short test to demonstrate your understanding. You will complete this course when you have completed all of the course tests.

  • Number of Course Modules: 5
  • Estimated Completion Time: 1.5 hours

Learning Outcome

Define the following steps in career pathing: determine goals of a career path program, identify types of career moves to highlight and how to feature them, and set a plan to launch and maintain the program.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Determine the career path landscape in their organization.
  • Understand the five types of career movements.
  • Explore collateral, tools, and programs that support career moves.
  • Develop a plan to launch and measure the career path program.

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Course Modules

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Career Path - Introduction: Learn how to future-proof your workforce by enabling employees to drive their own careers

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Career Path - Module 1: Determine the career path landscape

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Career Path - Module 2: Understand the five types of career movements

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Career Path - Module 3: Career path program options

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Career Path - Module 4: Launch, measure, and maintain your career path program

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Guided Implementation 1: Identify goals and determine career landscape
  • Call 1: Analyze data from existing surveys and discuss current state SWOT analysis.
  • Call 2: Determine goals and metrics based on organizational needs.

Guided Implementation 2: Determine highlighted career moves and align HR practices
  • Call 1: Review types of career moves the organization has chosen to highlight.
  • Call 2: Determine alignment of HR practices that will support the program, and action plan.
  • Call 3: Select marketing collateral for the organization and customize the Employee Career Development Workbook.

Guided Implementation 3: Launch, measure, and provide support
  • Call 1: Determine the resources HR will be providing to managers.
  • Call 2: Decide on communications for launch and action items.


  • Allana Farley, Manager of Career Navigation Services, Colorado State University Global Campus
  • Antonella Agati, Human Resources Manager, MCAP
  • Dr. Beverly Kaye, International Best Selling Author and Founder, Career Systems International
  • Bruce Hazen, President, Three Questions Consulting
  • David Wexler, Human Capital Strategist & Executive Coach, David Wexler Consulting
  • Fiona Betivoiu, Director, Talent Management, Purdue Pharma (Canada)
  • Julie Winkle Giulioni, Principal and Instructional Designer, DesignAround
  • Joanne Oliver, Talent & Organizational Development Specialist, City of Guelph
  • Kerry Pletch, Talent & Organizational Development Manager, City of Guelph
  • Krista Allan, Director, Global Talent Management, Sensata Technologies
  • Richard Wong, Vice President, Marketing & Creator Relations, #paid
  • Sarah Noll-Wilson, Chief Edge Officer, Sarah Noll-Wilson Inc.
  • Shirley MacBeath, Director, Senior Manager Human Resources, Softchoice
  • Sue Matis. Senior Executive Human Resources, North Central Health Care
  • Dr. Tim Clark, Founder and Lead Teacher/Trainer, Business Model You, LLC
  • Tom Gross, US Sales and Partner Manager, Fuel50
  • Multiple sources, who wish to remain anonymous, were also interviewed.