The New Dynamics of Career Development [Infographic]

It’s interesting to see the current trends on employment and career development through this recent infographic from Jobvite. Even though the findings here seem to be drawn from a U.S. audience, there is a possibility that some of the data here may still be relevant in other countries. In any case, these are some of the things that I found interesting in the data that was presented here:


  • The rate of individuals being open to finding new jobs even though they are still employed. Granted, 61% isn’t extremely high, but this number shows that retention of staff members can be quite tricky in this current environment.
  • Long term career planning is no longer a major goal for both employers and employees. People don’t seem to rely on job security, so it’s increasingly important to develop flexible and adaptable skills that may be moved from job to job.
  • Social media is playing an increasing role in job search. With 22 million Americans claiming to have found their jobs through LinkedIn (42%), Twitter (32%), and Facebook (25%), employees who do not utilise these avenues as part of their career development may be missing out on job opportunities. Also, employers may also need to develop strategies to use social media as a way to attract potential employees.
  • The use of on-site coaching and other professional development as a way to encourage, empower, attract, and retain employees. With people becoming more mobile with employment, continuous skills development has become an important part of the workplace.
  • Self employment is seen to be more stable than a full-time job by more than half of new college graduates. This means that employers now should find different ways to attract and retain fresh graduates in their organisations. Perhaps, looking at offering different aspects of self employment that may seem attractive in a full time job (eg, flexible hours, mobile offices, etc).

It would be interesting to find out if a similar trend is apparent across all sectors and in different countries.

Over to you

Do you find that staff retention is a challenge in your organisation? What’s your management doing to encourage a more monogamous employment relationship?

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