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Chapter 3. Developing New Skills for the... > Roles and Competencies for Career De...

Roles and Competencies for Career Development

The increasing importance of career advisers and other related positions offer many new opportunities to experienced professionals with an interest in career development, but those opportunities call for updated skills to meet employees’ changing needs and concerns. Here’s a list of what career development practitioners are doing in the contemporary workplace (Simonsen, 1995):

  • assisting workers in planning a career within the organization

  • conducting and interpreting individual assessments

  • identifying relevant resources and making information available

  • identifying and coordinating organization resources

  • making referrals to external resources

  • supporting managers in career discussions with their employees

  • gathering demographic data on organizational, departmental, and individual worker needs

  • consulting with management on decisions related to employee retention and development.


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