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Uncover and Market Internal Career Path Opportunities

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

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  • 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.

Your Challenge

  • 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.

Our Advice

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  • Career path programs are not outdated, but they need to be approached differently – it’s less about creating a framework and more about creating visible opportunities.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.

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.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a seven call advisory process.

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.

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Module 1: Prepare to Implement a Career Path Program

The Purpose

Prepare for career path planning by determining HR alignment and support required.

Key Benefits Achieved

Determined action plan to successfully introduce the career path program.




Assess key HR practices required to support possible career moves.

  • Supporting HR practices aligned

Finalize an HR action plan to support career path program.

  • Career moves to include as part of the program selected

Module 2: Follow up After Career Path Program Launch

The Purpose

Use metrics to gauge organizational and employee reactions and reforms.

Key Benefits Achieved

Measured program success to promote ongoing maintenance and improvements.




Prepare to follow up on employee behavioral change and impact on the business.

  • Impact of program measured