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Career Development: Traditional vs. Contemporary

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Compare and contrast traditional and contemporary models of career development.

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Career development is in essence how a person decides what do and makes decisions regarding the focus of his or her work. Career development is important in order to be successful and happy at work and in life in general. Both traditional and contemporary career development offer individuals a path toward further development of skills and talents. Traditionally, career development tended to be organization based, with corporate succession planning and on -the job talent inventories shaping one's career path. More contemporary models of career development are employee centered, with individuals taking control of their career path through self-directed learning programs and a greater willingness to change jobs to increase occupational success.

Baruch points out "that the pace of change is accelerating" with career development transitioning from "what may be labeled "linear career system" into a "multidirectional career system" (Baruch, 2003). Traditionally, employees often stayed at a single organization or within a set industry their entire working life in return for loyalty and commitment. This process put the organization in charge of an individual's career ...

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This detailed solution compares and contrasts traditional and contemporary models of career development. Includes APA formatted references.