Career Planning

Definition

The process an employee goes through to help them determine the course of action they need to take in order to achieve their career objectives is called career planning.    Typically performed annually, the career planning process evaluates the skills and knowledge gained to date, and identifies any remaining gaps.

Explanation

By examining workplace strengths and weaknesses, the employee is better able to make informed decisions on the training, assignments or mentoring needed to fill a skills gap.  While the career planning process is usually performed by the employee, the information is normally shared with their manager so that mutual decisions can be made concerning the employee's action plan for the year.

A member of the human resources department is sometimes engaged to recommend specific training modules, or programs, that would benefit the employee.

Related Terms

career path, career assessment, career objectivecareer coach, career counselor, resignation letter, job shadowing, Occupational Outlook Handbook, placement test, talent management