What Is a Career Path?
It is a list of steps you take in your professional life for progressing into different or more advanced roles at work. It is a series of jobs and experiences that help employees reach their ultimate career objectives and future goals.
When an employee creates it, they are not the only one who benefits. Employers also benefit when employees are more engaged in their job and long-term relationship with the company.
What Are the Different Types of Career Paths?
The types depend on a person’s aspirations, preferences, and opportunities. It can be:
- Vertical career path- which includes either advancement to higher-level positions or movement to a lower-level position.
- Horizontal career path- which includes lateral movement either within an organization, an industry, or across multiple industries, depending on an individual’s desire to learn new skills or have different experiences.
How Do You Follow a Career Path?
To successfully follow it, an employee must be willing to continuously learn new skills, network with peers, and occasionally take a lateral (or backward) move in order to get ahead in the long run. They must be willing to adjust goals if their needs or preferences change along the way.