Career mapping helps IT employees and employers alike

Specially designed development plans help tech workers navigate the choppy waters of IT employment.

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IT leaders who use career mapping say organizations can't rely on employee input alone if they want such programs to succeed. Company leaders must also go through the exercise, with the goal of understanding and articulating the requirements of different positions and then outlining the skills and experience required to do each job.

That process "helps the organization answer the question 'What kind of talent do we need?' " says Caela Farren, president of MasteryWorks, a career and talent management consulting firm in Falls Church, Va.

Farren's firm works with companies to identify the core competencies required for particular jobs, the positions that will be key for future growth and development, and any new positions that will come into existence -- plus the skills and accomplishments that will qualify people for those jobs.

With all of that information spelled out in one place, managers can easily identify what staff resources they'll need going forward and whether they have that talent in-house or will have to seek it elsewhere.

Pratt is a Computerworld contributing writer in Waltham, Mass. You can contact her at

This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on

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