How Do Careers Develop?

How Do Careers Develop?

A new Insala survey finds that traditional training courses, mentoring, and special projects and situational challenges are the most effective career development methods

used by organizations in 2013.

The survey sought, among other things, to determine if there is a discrepancy between the popularity of career development methods and their effectiveness.

What’s most notable is that mentoring does not rank in the top five most-used career development methods, but ranks as the most effective method for all employees who are not director level and above, and as third-most effective for director level and above. Conversely, e-learning ranks as the second-most-used method, but is not one of the top five most-effective methods for either population.

Holding steady in the top five most-used methods, as well as in both top five most-effective lists, are traditional training courses and special projects or situational challenges.

A whitepaper detailing all findings will be released by Insala in early 2014.

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Traditional Learning Courses – 78%

E-learning – 70%

Special Projects or Situational Challenges – 58%

360 Feedback and/or Assessments – 51.5%

Continuing Education – 51.5%

For Director Level and Above

360 Feedback and/or Assessments – 46%

Special Projects or Situational Challenges – 37%

Mentoring for High-performers – 17%

Coaching for High-performers – 17%

Networking Events – 16%

For All Other Employees

Mentoring for All Employees – 36%

Traditional Training Courses – 31%

Special Projects or Situational Challenges – 30%

Coaching for All Employees – 30%

Employee-initiated Career Discussions – 23%

—Source: Insala

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