Enhancing career pathways

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Sheldon, N & Wallace, M 2014, 'Enhancing career pathways', in T Short & R Harris (eds.), Workforce development: strategies and practices, Springer, Singapore, Singapore, pt. 1, pp. 45-58.

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Providing explicit career pathways has long been recognised as an important strategy for attracting and retaining employees. In this chapter we consider the strategic and practical implications of research conducted for the Australasian rail industry in developing explicit career pathways for current and potential employees. The chapter will use the experience of the Australasian rail industry to provide a contextual case. However the strategies and practices for enhancing career pathways are applicable to other industries and organisations, particularly those with a relatively low brand image.