ERIC Number: ED396089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for Career Development: Promise, Practice and Pretence. Report 305.
Hirsh, Wendy; And Others
Case studies of 15 leading employers in the United Kingdom were conducted to examine their career development practices. Employees, line managers, executives, and human resources professionals in the finance, energy, high technology, manufacturing, service, and public service sectors were interviewed regarding the career development practices and their importance to businesses and employees, the changing career message and its business context, and employee perceptions of career development messages. Most firms had reduced their commitment to managing their employees' career development but were under mounting pressure to reassume some responsibility for their employees' career development or risk losing and/or demotivating key staff. The case studies indicated that sustainable career development requires a degree of alignment between messages regarding employment and development. Despite the general rhetoric of career development, employers appeared to be focusing their career development efforts on senior managers and "high-potential" staff, while leaving the wider work force to manage their own career development. The case studies also documented a need for the following: appropriate and honest career development messages; workable career development processes, and real employer intentions to deliver on career development messages. (Contains 11 figures and 20 references. A list of case study organizations is appended.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Education, Case Studies, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Level, Employment Practices, Foreign Countries, Labor Force Development, Trend Analysis
BEBC Distribution, 15 Albion Close, Parkstone, Poole BH12 3LL, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers: Employer Role; United Kingdom
Note: Study supported by the IES Co-operative Research Programme.