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Career development activities are important in an organization, as it develops employees’ skills in order to maximize performance and strengthen employees’ abilities to take on broader responsibilities in the organization. A crucial responsibility of each manager is to ensure a continuous career development of his employees and to form a productive workforce in these dynamic times when job requirements change on a day to day basis. Providing of a continuous career development for employees has a huge strategic value, since it enhances the organization’s ability to realize its vision and mission and boost the ability of its employees’ to realize rewarding careers in the organization.
There are several steps that lead to employees’ career development. Organizational needs are to be analyzed and specific training necessities should be identified. Overall organizations and individual employee training plans should be developed and finally, resources should be allocated effectively so as to achieve the desired needs and generate desired gains in organizational efficiency. Moreover, the impact of training efforts should be evaluated in order to find out whether productive and necessary adjustments should be made to ensure optimum returns. The organizational strategic goals and objectives should be set and an organization should consider the strengths and weaknesses of its employees. The knowledge and skills received from such an assessment will make the basis for further training decisions. Training needs are determined through predicting the direction the organization is expected to take in future. This will give a glimpse of the knowledge and skills that would be required. The next step involves establishing if employees posses the essential skills to implement programs required so as to meet organization’s objectives. Projected necessary skills and the current skills are examined in order to establish individual employee needs. Additional skills required for career development can be found by involving employees in career goal discussions.