Careers in Organisations: Issues for the Future

Career issues facing individuals employed in organizations in the United Kingdom were examined in 12 1-day workshops that were attended by more than 150 individuals from 65 different organizations. The following career issues received particular attention: the career development environment; changes in organizational career management; the shift to self-development; roles/responsibilities in career development; developing an organizational strategy for careers; and unresolved issues/tensions in individuals' and organizations' career and labor force development objectives. The workshops made it clear that many of the United Kingdom's major employing organizations are in a state of career chaos. In many organizations, large-scale job losses and/or successive changes in organizational structure and skill requirements have erased career paths and even wiped out the notion of career development. For most of the work force, the rhetoric of development has never been stronger and real hope of serious career development opportunities have rarely been bleaker. Tensions were discovered between short- and longer-term goals and between individuals' career aspirations and organizations' goals. It was concluded that individuals must assume more personal responsibility for their career development and that organizations and employees must support each other's development goals. (Contains 14 references.) (MN)