Career Development

Introduction to Career Development

Career development is how you change or advance your job or career. It is a step-by-step process of research, self-examination, planning, training and networking.

 

Your Path to Career Change »

BHMT can help you learn more about each phase. No matter where you enter the process, BHMT Career Counselors can guide you and provide useful resources.

 

Career Mobility »

Let us help you with 6 different types of career movements that will help advance your career at Kaiser Permanente

Your Path to a Career Change
Career Mobility

Vertical: A change in position that brings more responsibility, status or money.

Key Activities:

  • Initiate opportunities to coach and mentor others
  • Manage high profile projects
  • Find mentors to learn vision and strategy techniques
  • Join high level committees when possible
  • Communicate successes broadly

Lateral: A change in position – but not necessarily a change in level of responsibility, status or pay.

Key Activities:

  • Research related position in related departments
  • Identify all transferrable skills
  • Volunteer  on cross-departmental committees
  • Get new training as needed
  • Update and target your resume to the new department’s needs and values

Relocation: Move to a new region, city or facility where your career goal can be met more easily

Key Activities:

  • Research related departments in other regions
  • Scan through KP Career website for job posting research within other facilities
  • Set up informational interviews with your counterparts in other facilities
  • Find a mentor from another region through kpmentoring.org
  • Build relationships with KP recruiters outside your region or facility

Realignment: Move down to a position in a new functional area with more promise or for an improved lifestyle

Key Activities:

  • Identify all transferrable skills
  • Find like job titles in other departments; explore their career paths
  • Conduct informational interviews with employees in other departments
  • Volunteer on cross-departmental committees
  • Take a class in the new functional area you are moving into

Career Change: Move into a new career area at Kaiser Permanente for greater rewards and job satisfaction

Key Activities:

  • Conduct self-assessment on your interests and values; identify preferred skills
  • Research new job areas and evaluate your options
  • Make an educational and financial plan for retraining
  • Know your learning style and get comfortable with learning curves
  • Join the professional association for your new career area

Enrichment: Expand or change your job responsibilities while staying in the same role

Key Activities:

  • Create and implement an Individual Development Plan yearly
  • Invest in a specialty certification
  • Arrange a “job sculpting” discussion with your manager
  • Join a UBT or department committee
  • Keep updating your resume and KP profile with your growing list of skills

Realignment: Move down to a position in a new functional area with more promise or for an improved lifestyle

Key Activities:

  • Identify all transferrable skills
  • Find like job titles in other departments; explore their career paths
  • Conduct informational interviews with employees in other departments
  • Volunteer on cross-departmental committees
  • Take a class in the new functional area you are moving into

Career Change: Move into a new career area at Kaiser Permanente for greater rewards and job satisfaction

Key Activities:

  • Conduct self-assessment on your interests and values; identify preferred skills
  • Research new job areas and evaluate your options
  • Make an educational and financial plan for retraining
  • Know your learning style and get comfortable with learning curves
  • Join the professional association for your new career area

Enrichment: Expand or change your job responsibilities while staying in the same role

Key Activities:

  • Create and implement an Individual Development Plan yearly
  • Invest in a specialty certification
  • Arrange a “job sculpting” discussion with your manager
  • Join a UBT or department committee
  • Keep updating your resume and KP profile with your growing list of skills