As former executives at Pearson (the world’s largest education company), we know that the greatest challenge people often face in taking advantage of educational opportunities is understanding and charting their own career journey. Having worked with 50,000 online, working adult learners annually, across Fortune 500 companies and major Tier 1 universities, it is our experience that learners and employees need user-friendly interactive solutions that “build a bridge” between careers to skills and education.
That’s why we believe developing an interactive Career Map is the one thing all organizations should do as part of their workforce strategy to address these needs. Interactive Career Maps help as a recruiting, retention, and upskilling tool by enabling employees to visualize themselves doing a specific job and embarking on a career journey that is both obtainable in the short-term and fulfilling in the longer-term. Maps help communicate to employees that it’s not just about where you start in your career, but where you can be within a company or industry in 3-5 years or longer. They:
- help employees understand career tracks
- engage newer and younger employees about long-term opportunities, and
- help drive employees to develop the skills and capabilities need by your organization.
As Joe Sarubbi, a workforce development, training, and career mapping expert who joined the Julius Team puts it: “As a recruiting tool, it’s important for people to visualize themselves doing a specific job or on a career path that is obtainable. They need to grasp that it’s not always where you start, but where you could be within a company in 3-5 years. A well-designed, industry specific career map can truly stimulate that vision.”
The Julius suite of Career Mapping solutions has been designed to educate about career options, provide clear next steps, and inspire people to action. For example, we recently developed a Career Map and Skills Map for a partner in the water industry. Below is a figure of an interactive career map that allows learners to click on each “node” to learn more about the jobs, its skill requirements, and its linkages to other opportunities.
Many people talk about career maps, but often fall short of developing them because of: a) the perceived complexity of managing the process, b) the staff time and cost involved, and c) uncertainly about how to deploy them organizationally to maximize impact. That’s why Julius has taken the complexity out of the process to get you a turnkey approach to develop and deploy career and skills maps.
- The Julius Workforce Competency models: we have mapped many common industry roles and specific job competencies and have aligned them with common taxonomies, such as the US Department of Labor’s Industry Frameworks.
- Technology solutions that use machine learning to compile and integrate your organization’s data: our technology utilizes machine learning and natural language process – advanced analytics tools to quickly structure and analyze databases – that allows you to quickly bring this to life within your organization.
- Interactive delivery solutions: we have custom built Career Map deployment tools that allow you to deploy your career maps online, within corporate systems, or otherwise as part of your recruitment efforts.
Contact us at [email protected] for more information about the measurable benefits of career maps and how you can get going today.