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Career Planning

A good manager is a man who isnt worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him H.S.M. Burnes

Meaning of term Career

It denotes all the jobs that are held during ones working life. It consists of a series of properly sequenced role experiences leading to an increasing level of responsibility, status, power and rewards. It represents an organized path taken by an individual across time and space.

Career Related Terms

Career Goals: The future positions one strives to reach as part of a career. Career Path: The sequential pattern of jobs that form a career. Career Progression: Making progress in ones career through promotions. Career Counselling: Guiding and advising people on their possible career paths and what they must do to achieve promotions.

Career Related Terms

Mentoring: The process wherein an executive or senior employee serves as a guide, friend, philosopher and supportive confidence to the new entrant. Career Anchor: The basic drives that give the urge to take up a certain type of career. E.g. Technical competency, creativity, managerial competency,

Concept of Career Planning

Career Planning the systematic process by which one selects career goals and the path to these goals. From the organizations viewpoint it means helping the employees to plan their career in terms of their capacities within the context of organizations needs.

Concept of Career Planning

It involves designing an organizational system of career movement and growth opportunities for employees from the employment stage to the retirement stage. It is managerial technique for mapping out the entire career of young employees.

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Features of Career Planning

It is a process of developing human resources rather than an event. It is a continuous process due to an ever changing environment. It is not an end in itself but a means of managing people to obtain results.

Features of Career Planning

It is the responsibility of an organization to provide guidance and counseling to its employees in planning their careers and in developing and utilizing their knowledge and skills. The basic aim is integration of individual and organizational needs.

Objectives of Career Planning

To attract and retain the right type of persons in the organization. To map out careers of various categories of employees suitable to their ability and willingness To ensure better use of human resources through more satisfied and productive employees.

Objectives of Career Planning

To have a stable workforce by reducing turnover and absenteeism. To increase the utilization of managerial reserves within an organization. To improve motivation and morale of employees.

Relation between Career Planning and Manpower Planning

Manpower Planning provides an inventory of skills and potentials available within an organization. But Career Planning determines who (on the basis of Performance and Potential) could be groomed for higher level assignments, where, when and how (i.e. after what kind of training).

Relation between Career Planning and Manpower Planning

Manpower Planning provides information about the human resources available within the organization for expansion, growth and technological innovations. But Career Planning only tells as to who could succeed in case of retirement, death, resignation, etc. of existing personnel.

Manpower Planning provides following information for Career Planning

Inventory of Human Resources Manpower needs in terms of number, type, skills, levels and time Changes in functions and activities, two, five or ten years hence.. Nature and extent of behavioral changes required to meet manpower needs. Availability of human resources within and outside the organization, training opportunities, training resources and training time.

Steps in Career Planning

Preparation of Personnel Inventory status, duties, qualifications, age, aptitude, ability and acceptability (surplus or shortage) Identifying Career Needs (HR Manager may assist) Identifying career Opportunities Matching of Employees Aspirations with Career Opportunities

Steps in Career Planning

Formulating and Implementing Strategies Changes in the career systems by creating new career paths Changing employee needs and aspirations to help scale down unrealistic goals and/or creating new aspirations Seeking new basis of integration through problem solving, negotiations and compromise Training and development to meet individual and organizational needs Reviewing career Plans

Advantages of Career Planning

Knowledge of various career opportunities Helps to select the career which is suitable to his life style, preference, family environment and self development Helps to identify talented employees Internal promotion, up gradation and transfers boost up motivation and morale Lowers employee turnover Enhances job satisfaction Improves employees performance

Limitation of Career Planning

Not suitable for small organizations Not suitable for unskilled and semi-skilled jobs Long term planning not feasible Political intervention Some careers do not have much scope for advancement Technological and economic factors may lead to declining stage to some career

Requirements of Effective career Planning

Top management support Growth and expansion Clear goals Proper selection Proper age balance Management of Career Stress Fair promotion policy Adequate publicity Motivated and hardworking staff

Succession Planning

Succession Planning
A Succession Plan is to fill key positions over time. It is essential for the survival and success of an organization. The purpose of Succession Planning is to identify and develop people to replace current incumbents in key positions in cases of resignation, retirement, growth etc. Succession can be from within or from outside the organization.

It is the process of ensuring a suitable supply of successors for current and future senior or key jobs
It includes complicated activities like

Determining the projected need for managers and professionals by company level functions and skills Auditing current executive talent to project the likely future supply from internal sources Planning individual career paths based on objective estimates of future needs and assessment of potential Career counseling in the context of the future needs of the firm as well as those of the individuals

Relation between Career Planning and Succession Planning

Career Planning and Succession Planning appear to be similar but not synonymous. Career Planning covers all levels of employees whereas Succession Planning is generally required for higher level of executives. Succession Plan involves identification of vacancies that are likely to occur in the higher levels and locating the probable successors.

Relation between Career Planning and Succession Planning

Succession Planning facilitates continuity of the organization. Career Planning may consist of charts showing the career paths of different categories of employees showing how they can advance up in the organization. Succession Plan consists of a runner up chart or succession chart for a particular position such as General Manager.

Career Development

Career Development
Essential for implementing Career Plans Undertaken by individual employees and the organization to meet career aspirations and job requirements Every employee must accept his responsibility for development Career Planning and Organizational Career Planning will prove really useful if they are properly integrated

Organizational Career Planning Integrate short-term and long-term human resource needs Develop a career plan for each individual

Individual Career Planning Assess personal interests and abilities Collect data about organizational Opportunities Set career goals Develop a strategy to achieve career goals

Integrate organizational needs and individual career plans Designing individual career paths, create developmental Strategies and provide career counseling

Career Development Implement career plans Publicize job vacancies Appraise employee performance Employee development through on-and -off the job experiences Evaluate career progression

Elements of career Development

Career Need Assessment Developing and Publishing career Development Opportunities Need-Opportunity Alignment a) Management by Objectives b) Career Counseling Monitoring Career Moves

Problems in Career Development

Dual Career Families Changing Family Needs Low Ceiling Careers Declining Career Opportunities

Steps to Handle Problems

Improve Manpower planning and forecasting systems Improving dissemination of career option information Initiated career counseling Developing effective internal and external Assessment Centres Supporting educational and training programs Introducing more flexible reward and promotional systems

Career Development Initiatives

Career planning workshops Career counselling Monitoring Personal development Career workbooks


Career Counseling

Career Counseling
Career Planning involves counseling individuals on their possible career paths and what they must do to achieve promotions. The need for such counseling arises when employees want to plan their own careers and develop or train themselves for career progression in the organization

Objectives of Career Counseling

To help individual concerned to develop himself by giving him some idea of the direction in which he ought to be heading To help individuals to study and understand the world in which they live To provide guidelines to help him understand more clearly and develop his thinking and outlook To provide guidance about opportunities for greater personal satisfaction, pleasure and happiness To understand the forces and dynamics operating in a system

Career Stress

Many employees experience stress at work which may be damaging to the individual and to the organization.

Symptoms of Career Stress

Apathy Withdrawal Dissatisfaction Absenteeism Increased accident proneness Hypertension Heart disease

Causes of Career Stress

Blockage of career Lack of control on himself as he feels that he is on the way out Impending retirement Out-paced by younger employees

Management Help
Stress Management Program Clarification of uncertainty Increasing the level of participation Job switch Gainful occupation after retirement


A Career is all the jobs that are held during ones working life A Career path is the sequential pattern of jobs that form a career Career goals are the future position one strives as a part of a career Career Planning is the process by which one selects career goals and the path to these goals

Career Development

Career Development is those personal improvements one undertakes to achieve a personal career plan Career management is the process of designing and implementing goals plans and strategies to enable the organisation to satisfy employee needs while allowing individuals to achieve their career goals

Accelerated promotions with development targets against future needs of the business Performance related training and development to prepare individuals for future roles as well as current responsibilities Planned strategic recruitment to fill short term needs and to provide people to meet future needs

Career Defined

The sequence of positions held by a person during his or her lifetime. The Way It Was

for information, assessment, and training Helped attract and retain highly talented people


Boundaryless Career

the organizationare responsible for designing, guiding, and developing their own careers.

career in which individuals, not organizations, define career progression and organizational loyalty