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Career Pathways – An employee-focused model

Major changes have been seen in the workplace during the last several decades that have transformed the nature of work in many organizations. In recent years, we have seen the globalization of numerous companies and industries, organizational downsizing and restructuring, greater use of information technology at work, changes in work contracts,
and the use of various alternative work strategies and schedules. As a result, career pathways have also become more dynamic and variable. People must make career decisions within an increasingly uncertain organizational, societal, and global environment. e speci c job and career movements of individuals have also become more di cult for
the organization to anticipate, let alone control.

In combination, these forces have changed the traditional career model, reducing its value as a universal standard for career growth. A dramatically di erent career landscape has emerged; the reality of today’s organizational life is characterized by more dynamic and interactive models of career development.

Workers must make career decisions within an increasingly uncertain organizational, societal, and global environment. Businesses face the same evolving landscape, making it difficult for them to anticipate their employees’ needs, desires, and likely career directions. Career pathways systems can provide the structure that is vital for career progression, helping people develop competencies designed to increase employability while helping organizations develop employees strategically, build engagement, and improve retention. In our focus on the workplace, we underscore the need for more holistic, data-driven individual and organizational perspectives on career growth and success; we describe how a career pathways framework can contribute to these goals. We offer directions for future research to promote career growth and success for individuals, and to help employers create or strengthen career pathways systems that will reduce bias and enhance organizational performance by supporting the advancement of their employees.

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