Workers need clearly defined career paths to be able to plan their education and their futures. Well-developed career paths:
· Direct people to growing fields
· Demonstrate how they can transition from their current situations to the careers of their choice
· Result in user-friendly tools for career counselors, instructors, HR and training staff, and managers
· Are based on the latest industry information and nationwide resources.
While climbing the corporate ladder may be the cliché, it’s not the path most people take. Employees make both upward and lateral moves, and lateral moves may be exactly the moves you want them to make.
The Distance Education and Training Council(DETC) helps you uncover career paths at your organization, in all their upward and sideways complexity, to help employees see where they want to go.
DETC has a proven process for helping your employees find the right path for them—and for you:
· Step 1—We begin by identifying the positions you know you will need to fill
· Step 2—Next, we help you communicate job descriptions and necessary skills and education to your employees so they are prepared to fill the positions
· Step 3—Finally, we link the educational needs to your employee development strategy to ensure that you are moving people in the right direction
DETC offers specialized publications and websites for reference:
· Employee Development: A Prescription for Better Healthcare and How Career Lattices Help Solve Nursing and Other Workforce Shortages in Healthcare—Career paths for nursing positions
· www.vividfuture.org—Career paths for various positions in your organization with links to available jobs and education options
· www.vividfuture.org/content/career-map-0—Interactive career map for employees and potential employees
Yesterday’s job skills often do not match today’s or tomorrow’s careers. The Distance Education and Training Council(DETC) helps you understand changing skill needs and how to assess the hidden skills job seekers already have—so you can ensure you are providing education and training that employers value.
In our fast-moving economy, employers are constantly in need of workers with different, and often new, skills. DETC can address changing skill needs by helping you:
· Talk to the Right Employers—Some firms lead and others will follow. DETC helps you make sure you target employers who are looking to the future.
· Arm Yourself with Knowledge—DETC helps you become familiar with the latest industry information and resources from across the country to ensure that you make the most of your limited time with employers.
· Make the Information Usable—Key information is useless if it sits on a shelf. DETC helps you use your data to create tools for your career counselors, instructors, and employer representatives.
When a position is eliminated, it doesn’t mean all the skills involved in that position are irrelevant. DETC uncovers hidden skills by helping you:
· Ask the Right Questions—DETC helps you make sure your career counseling staff knows how to ask questions that unearth hidden skills.
· Recognize that Knowledge Is Power—Losing a job knocks the wind out people, especially if they have been long-term employees. DETC helps you empower them with knowledge about their existing, transferable skills.
· Discover when the Sum Is Greater than Its Parts—Workers may have scattered evidence of varied skills such as certificates of training completion and performance reviews. DETC helps you give them a bigger advantage by creating portfolios showcasing a lifetime of work experience and on-the-job skills.
Many employers feel that their local education and training providers are not able to meet their needs. DETC helps local education and training systems become more effective by helping you:
· Engage Employers in Planning— DETC helps you communicate effectively with employers to keep them engaged as needs evolve and change.
· Know What You Have—You can't make the right changes if you don’t know where you’re starting. DETC helps you understand your current education and training systems before you invest in new programs.
· Recognize Prior Learning—Learning takes place in the classroom, online, in military and corporate training, and on-the-job. DETC helps you create a program to recognize these experiences to help people achieve employability faster.