What is Career Pathing?

By Abhishek Kathpal | Updated 28 July, 2022

Getting the best out of employees requires a dedicated and deliberate human resource department. Such a department aims to help organizations become more efficient and effective in the workplace. One of the ways they achieve their goals of maximizing employee capabilities is through Career Pathing.

What is Career Pathing

Career Pathing meaning and definition

Career pathing is the process of aligning the opportunities for employee careers with an organization's priorities. Simply put, it has to do with advancing an organization based on an individual's unique skills. It is the creation of a progress path for brands based on what each employee possesses. While the organization progresses, the individual employee also grows through the industry. For instance, an individual aiming to be an excellent distribution manager would first work as a distributor. This will help improve your managing experience and credentials while distributing for the company.

So career pathing helps individuals to build and project their career through their current organization.

Creating a Career Pathing Strategy

After looking into the initial goal of an employee, the organization can work to create a pathing strategy that aligns with the opportunities of the organization. They can institute protocols or systems that provide a good framework for solid career structuring. Such methods include excellent education of employees, assessment of employee performance, and so on. These help to pattern the career of an employee.

Another good strategy that can help create a good career path for employees is duty surveillance. This helps to provide essential details about how an employee feels and copes with different working conditions. The information this surveillance provides includes the employee's desires, concerns, pain points, and aims relevant to structuring his career.

Benefits of Career Pathing

The benefits of career pathing to employers and employees cannot be overemphasized. While it creates a good career structure for employees, it also helps to promote the employer and the organization. Benefits of career pathing include the following, as outlined below.

  1. Career pathing helps to advance the career of employees

  2. It aids the development of skills in employees

  3. Increases employee engagement and retention

  4. It facilitates organizational growth

  5. Creates coaching and mentorship opportunities

About the Author

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder at Longlist.io. Funded by US based OnDeck, Longlist is currently enabling 50+ businesses to increase their candidate and client reach outs, automating the workflow across stages.