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Requirements for a successful IT career path


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Here are our top 5 requirements for building a career path that offers substance and meaning to the business, and the individual.

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Requirements for a successful IT career path

  1. 1. Requirements for a successful IT career path SFIAplus helps businesses bring SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age) to life BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  2. 2. Foster an organisational culture of professionalism A board-level director should own the career path and be accountable for its implementation across the enterprise. That ownership should be visible to all in IT so it is seen as a valued career path.
  3. 3. Enable individual ownership of careers IT professionals need to own their careers and take responsibility for driving their own development in a way that supports business objectives. A career path should not be seen as simply a process managed by HR.
  4. 4. Map the career path to future business goals The career path must link the development of IT professionals with the success of the business. Progression to the next level should then be assessed against business needs as well as the individual’s increased skills and experience.
  5. 5. Conduct formal peer assessment Assessment for progression within the career path should be conducted by a panel of peers and management. Based on evidence of sustained performance at the next SFIA level, this will vary between employers.
  6. 6. Recognition and reward Career path achievements should be celebrated and rewarded. This provides tangible evidence that progression is possible for those that meet the standard and will inspire others to develop their careers.
  7. 7. A career path helps organisations:  understand their talent  prepare to meet future business challenges  recruit and develop key employees in line with the organisation’s objectives
  8. 8. SFIA addresses the need for a common language and definition of skills across the profession. Alone SFIA is insufficient. A career path must offer substance and meaning to both the business and the individual.
  9. 9. SFIAplus enhances the skills and levels in the SFIA framework, with:  Typical work activities  Technical and behavioural skills  Training and development activities  And much more…
  10. 10. Set up a career path for your IT professionals! Contact us now on +44 (0) 1793 417 755 and see how we can help you develop a successful IT career development plan.
  11. 11. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT First Floor Block D North Star House North Star Avenue Swindon SN2 1FA UK ©BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is the business name of The British Computer Society (registered charity no. 292786) 2014