Accelerating Carrier Growth
To cultivate a culture of learning, support and participation is needed from the
institution, management, and employees to foster the learning needed for personal
career advancement, as well as upgrading skills for current jobs. Support for workplace
learning and career development must come from all levels within the institution to be
successful. Individual career goals as well as the institutionís job and training objectives
should be balanced and supported.
Successful examples of university, industry, and labor/management career
development programs show the benefits of a formal and fully-funded program to
employers and employees, resulting in a more skilled workforce, higher morale, improved
productivity and service, and lower absenteeism.
The organization can make a commitment to employee development by supporting
formal learning opportunities such as employee training, workplace education, and
internship and job training opportunities. It can also encourage release time for
employees to acquire knowledge and skills and provide the resources to build and
sustain employee development plans.
Planning for professional growth is an important part of our professional
responsibility. Effective planning involves looking beyond the present and taking a longterm,
holistic look at our careers. During this planning process, we articulate both
personal and professional our goals and then select those developmental opportunities
that are most effective in helping us reach those goals.