ERIC Number: ED423427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Career Development: A Shared Responsibility. ERIC Digest No. 201.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
The changing workplace has altered workers' roles and forced them to assume primary responsibility for their own career development. Continued employment is increasingly being tied to lifelong learning and ongoing skill development. Just as workers are recognizing the need to ensure their marketability to employers, so too are employers facing increased pressure to make their organizations attractive to workers. Today's workers must be entrepreneurial. They must function as free agents, marketing themselves and the skills they can offer to the employers who serve as their "customers." Career development, although continuing to focus on career awareness, exploration, and development, must be updated to include strategies for employment in the 21st century. Career awareness must be transformed from a preemployment activity to a process that remains ongoing throughout employment. Career awareness efforts must highlight the new role of workers as free agents who are responsible for developing and marketing their skills. Career exploration practices must highlight career management skills. The Internet offers another tool for career planning. It is useful for "educating yourself on job searches and career transitions, researching prospective employers, tracking trends, making contacts with other people, and identifying and generating professional opportunities" (Koonce 1997). Career development practices must reflect the employment trends and practices of the workplace and support individuals in their efforts to develop the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that will enable them to be successful. (Contains 17 references) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.