Career planning has benefits for everyone.
International evidence suggests that sound career planning processes will benefit both employer and employee. HWNZ believes that it is good practice for all health sector staff to have a career plan. Good career planning involves looking at both individual aspirations and needs and health sector workforce needs and matching the two. Good career planning processes will:
- Support individual health professionals and staff in their careers
- Provide the basis for DHBs and other employers to recruit, retain, and grow the staff they need to meet service needs
- Deliver the workforce that the health sector requires for the future
- Ensure that training investment is matched to the needs of the health system
Organisations need to put in place robust career planning processes and arrangements and do what is necessary to support good career planning. Managers, supervisors, career advisors, coaches and mentors all need to perform their roles in supporting good career planning. If you are supporting or assisting someone with career planning and/or are responsible for organising career planning processes the information on this website will help you with this process.
Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) expects career plans to be in place for all the trainees it funds in 2012. HWNZ’s expectation is that DHBs and others will use 2011 to develop processes for career planning.
Plans will combine both formal and informal learning and may include coaching, mentoring and experience-based programmes and will complement rather than substitute for existing supervision arrangements, performance appraisal schemes etc.
We are aware that some organisations already have their own career planning mechanisms in place and we intend to build on those, rather than replacing them.
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