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Explain the Concept of Career in the Context of Career Development Perspective. Discuss Various Individuals and Organisational Strategies for Career Development

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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

20TH BATCH TAKE HOME EXAMINATION

QUESTION 1: Explain the Concept of Career in the Context of Career Development Perspective. Discuss Various Individuals and Organisational Strategies for Career Development Career development represents the entire sequence of activities and events related to an individual’s career (1). It involves managing ones career either within or between organizations (2). It also refers to the lifelong process of getting ready to choose, choosing and typically continuing to make choices form among many occupations available in a society (3). It includes learning new skills and making improvements to help one in his career (2). Career development encompasses acquiring educational qualifications and certifications, career path, self actualization as individual, shifting of careers, and career growth, learning curve, family life, accomplishments and recognitions or felicitations (1). However, other scholars favour a dynamic definition which encompasses the individual, the environment, interaction and change as representing the key elements of a definition of career development (3).

Individual strategies for career development
Various individual strategies for career development include clarifying ones values, determining ones occupational aptitudes and interests, realizing ones options, creating a career development plan, using career-development resources and being realistic about career development (4). One strategy is to use available resources for career development. These resources include online resources for career development assistance, mentors, network of professional contacts such as “LinkedIn”, information from one’s human resource department, and professional associations. For illustration, online services offer substantial information about occupational opportunities and outlooks, job hunting, vocational aptitude and preference listing and value clarification. As part of an individual strategy...

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