Monday, May 6, 2019

Career planning, commonly known as career management has always been a crucial part of one’s career. Not only employees, but employers are equally responsible for effective career management to ensure they attract and retain the best talent. 

With automation sweeping the industry and resulting in millions to switch occupation due to digitalization, will  career management be still relevant? 

Answer is YES. 

The Gap 
Automation has resulted in creating new roles, and career roadmaps. Therefore, career management is even more pertinent for both the employer and the employee. 

While upskilling and reskilling are the two buzzwords in the job market, in order to be employable, what employers are struggling with is finding talent with technical skills as well as human skills(more for technical profiles), which is hard to find and even harder to teach.

Career Management, must focus on strategies that will help bridge this gap between technology and human skills. Another facet of Career Management is climbing up the ladder in non-technical profiles by keeping ourselves up-to-date with the changing work environment 

Role of Automation in bridging the gap 

Organizations, as part of their career management strategy, are now focusing on priming their workforce for high growth roles. 

Online assessment techniques, an essential part ofcareer management, help identifying the potentials, personality traits, upskilling and reskilling needs of employees based on their technical skills, job-specific capabilities and knowledge, etc. These tools use big data and predictive analytics to define and therefore, align the workforce to their required skill sets. This is a scientific and effective way of mapping the training needs for employees with an intention to help them manage their career and remain employable. 

Once the skill gap is mapped, it is easy for both the employer and employee to move on to the next step of focused upskilling. 

Career management is not only about retaining the best talent, but also identifying the ones that would want to move on or out of the organization and pursue their career interests. A ‘smart’ career management that uses automated career assessment techniques helps identifying these employees and helps them choose a logical career path ahead. 

Career management based on automation not only enhances the confidence of the employer, but also helps employees build a structured approach towards their career path.