Career planning has benefits for everyone. No matter where you are in your career, developing a career plan holds real value in ensuring you get the career and lifestyle outcomes you want.
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
- enable health professionals to think about their end of career plans, when they want to retire, and how to phase out of work and find other things to do later in life that utilise their skills
- enable employers to discuss with staff succession plans for service and workforce needs and help health professionals plan their end of career strategy.
Whether you are working in the health sector, or are a student undertaking a professional qualification, or nearing the end of your career, you may want to know about your future career options or what you need to do to develop a career plan.
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Employers and educators
Visit our employers and educator resources, if you are a manager, supervisor, coach, mentor or careers advisor who is assisting or supporting someone in preparing a career plan.
Got questions on why or who should complete a career plan? Firstly visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you cannot find your answer, please speak with your employer/trainer or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.