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Career Path Navigator helps chart course for staff

Ever wonder what paths others have taken in their fields, and what is possible in a career at U-M?

University Human Resources has developed a new online tool called the Career Path Navigator to provide information about moving from one job classification to another within the University.

"By entering their uniqname, the system will access real-time data and display a staff member's current market job description," says Dick Lederer, compensation manager for University Human Resources. "That's a quick way to set a pin on the map to show where you are now in the organization, but more importantly you can also view jobs that represent upward movement from your current role as well as see those jobs that would likely be lateral moves from your current position."

The system uses a variety of data about the career paths of actual employees, including market relationship of the jobs. Information is used to estimate whether a move from one classification to another likely is to be considered as a positive career option. "Once a staff member identifies an interesting position, he or she can also view the core knowledge, skills and abilities required, and even see how many jobs in that category are typically available at U-M," Lederer says. "If a job in that classification is currently open, one click takes the user to the job posting."

The Career Path Navigator was piloted and tested with multiple constituents, including the Voices of the Staff Career Development Network. "It connects well with other work being done to support staff in the development of their careers and their longer range planning," says Laurita Thomas, associate vice president for Human Resources. "A new Career Services for Staff Web site is now being developed based on a proposal from Voices of the Staff, and each site will be a valuable complement to the other."

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