Corporate Career Progression

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  • One place I worked took as the base and pruned it back to suit the organisation.

    As managers we spent a lot of time mapping the skills needed for a role, skills needed within the organisation and the SFIA skills & levels.

    The idea was that everyone could see

    • What was needed for their role
    • What would be needed to progress within their role
    • How their skills mapped to other roles they might like to consider
    • What the gap was to be able to switch a role or level.

    For example a tester might decide that their career path should be towards business analysis.

    The next step would have been to work out how to enable an employee to pursue their dream. Fortunately the organisation was large enough to make this a realistic aspiration.

    Many places would love to be able to provide career progression and promotion but the opportunities to support that are far too rare.

    I've found that in small companies you do get the opportunity to get involved in a broader spectrum of activity than your job title would suggest.  In larger companies you have a broader spectrum of titles but there is more specialisation

  • Good article, Steve. Where I work now and in my previous employer, there's no easily identifiable career path. (I now work for a large state department. Previously I worked for a university; so, both jobs are in the public sector.) At the university after a few years of work I got as high as I could go, in the department I was in. In my state job I was hired at the top of the technical career path. Both the university and state government have just two career paths - technical path (individual contributor) or management. Really, with both the university and state government, the career path for technical is to become a manager.

    However, one thing that's different about state government that wasn't a part of the university environment (that I knew) was an unofficial recommendation. It appears to be one of those unofficial rules people know but isn't documented anyway. To improve yourself, you must move out. So, the scuttlebutt goes, to move up or at least increase your salary, you must take another position with a different state agency. And of course, you really do have to go into management, if you're in the position I'm in. At least for me management isn't something I want to go to.


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