"From Career Ladder to Career Lattice"
From Career Ladder to Career Lattice Giving Youth and Your Program Greater Agility in Today’s Economy 2007 YouthBuild Rural National Gathering Vergennes, VT Our Old Friend “The Ladder” In the past, employees climbed career ladders, moving upward within a company as they gained responsibility. Income also increased with each move. An Evolving World: The Lattice Today, employees often must make lateral moves to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees control their own destinies as they create their own career paths. Earnings may not increase initially, but such a move is a good investment in the future. The Career Lattice Experience, skills, and credentials support advancement Transferable experience, skills, and credentials support lateral career moves Transferable Skills 5 commonly considered broad skill set areas are: Communications Research & Planning Human Relations Organization, Management & Leadership Work Survival “Bang for the Buck” - Win #1 Survival in today’s economy demands employees move laterally toward other opportunities as industries change and new opportunities emerge. YB program staff have the opportunity to help youth understand their assets and the benefits of a flexible approach. “Bang for the Buck” - Win #2 Employers speak in terms of skills rather than occupations/roles. Organizations must look at (transferable) skills of their youth to engage local employers and respond to their needs. Note: There will continue to be more emphasis on individual employer contact and validation of unique skill sets to match employers’ workforce needs. Resources Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) www.cdr.state.tx.us/index.asp www.LifeworkTransitions.com Knowledge Management Center at the University of Minnesota Daluth