If career advancement is at the top of your list of priorities, online microlearning platform Grovo has some tips to get you moving. Picture: Pixabay

Cape Town - Once you’ve spent some time in your job, whether it’s your first job, or you have already moved through the ranks, a career path is an important journey to map.

According to Clare Reilly, Marketing & Sales Manager at Eiffel Corp, millennial professionals regard the potential for career progression as a top priority when choosing a new job. "In fact, 91% consider it vital to their career choice. Career progression is a high priority for millennials and they expect their employer to support them,” said Reilly.

If career advancement is at the top of your list of priorities, whether via promotion to to move to a different department, a career path provides a guide to reach your professional goal and outlines the steps you need to take it achieve them. Promotion or development within an organisation is your responsibility, not your manager or the HR department. Having a destination will keep you inspired and a map is there to guide you through each step. 

Online microlearning platform Grovo has some tips to help you develop a career map, and their bite-sized on-demand videos make learning quick and easy. IOL has teamed up with Eiffel Corp, the accredited reseller for Grovo in Africa, to give you a chance to win 3 months access to the platform's wide range 2000+ lessons at the touch of a button. See details below.

Here's 6 tips from Grovo on how to develop a career map:

  1. Create a road map connecting the positions in your team or company. This diagram will help you visualise the sequence of roles and how you might move upwards, grow functionally or move across departments.
  2. Develop position profiles that outline the unique responsibilities, skills and requirements of each role. Certain positions might require certain qualifications or accreditation.
  3. Define your core skills and performance expectations.
  4. Equip yourself – experience, skills development or further study. Engage with your manager or HR department to investigate further study that would enhance your qualifications for positions you’ve identified on your career path. Wherever possible find ways for your company to pay or subsidize any further learning or skills development.
  5. Be sure you have a network of support and become part of a mentorship or leadership training programme to develop leadership skills. Whether through your line manager or HR department, find yourself support.
  6. Keep track – by working with your boss or the HR department, ensure you meet your goals. Feedback from management is vital and research shows that a high percentage of millennials expect feedback from their managers every one-three months. Although most organisations would provide feedback as part of performance appraisals.

Reilly encouraged leaders to get more comfortable with the accelerated career advancement expectations of millennials and arm themselves with a few strategies to satisfy their desire for career progression.

A pre-defined career path is also very valuable for employers. It provides an avenue for a company to develop skills internally and incentivises talented employees to stay within an organisation. Employee retention is first prize for employers: loyalty can’t be bought and there is a cost-saving incentive.

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