Career Development is the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and transitions in order to move toward a personally determined and evolving preferred future.
In educational development, career development provides a person, often a student, focus for selecting a career or subject(s) to undertake in the future. Often educational institutions provide career counsellors to assist students with their educational development.
In organizational development (or OD), the study of career development looks at:
how individuals manage their careers within and between organizations and,
how organizations structure the career progress of their members, it can also be tied into succession planning within most of the organizations.
In today’s world, more employers are looking for ways to facilitate career development and encourage their employees to drive their own careers.