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Helping young professionals to develop Career Fitness

Case study
05 August 2020, by Luc Vermeulen
  • #talent development

ORMIT is a specialist in traineeships for young professionals, at the start of their careers. We attract these talents via different recruitment and selection activities. We develop them via coaching, training, and challenging projects at our clients. We connect the ORMIT talents with those clients, giving our them access to young professionals that want to make a difference and add value to our client’s organization.

To be able to make that difference, we consider it of vital importance to get a good view of what our trainees strengths are, what gives them energy, what motivates them, what helps them in finding drive and engagement. Having these insights not only enables them to steer their careers, but also in finding the best context to nurture and to continue develop their talents.

To help the trainees in this discovery, ORMIT puts a lot of focus on career coaching. “Who are you?”, “What are you capable of?” and “What do you want?” are the key questions we try to answer with our trainees.

We have met TalentLogiQs when they just started out and we’ve readily adopted the Career Fitness Profiler into our coaching approach because the instrument fits our approach to a career perfectly: your career is for you to build and evolves around your talents and aspirations. Young professionals need to be ready to continuously adapt without losing their identity along the way.

The Career Fitness Profiler

Over the years we have come to appreciate the instrument for different reasons:  we find that the Career Fitness Profiler helps us to identify the specific issues we need to work on with a trainee when it comes to their career choices.  The report reveals the career tensions that exist within a young professional through the pitfalls that are listed in the report, supports us in making these pitfalls tangible and is a good base to have open discussions about them.

Next to that, we like how the Career Fitness Profiler makes it very clear to our trainees what they need to do to get what they want out of their career. Career coaching often risks staying in the “What do I really want”-phase of the coaching. While finding out the answers to the question “What do I really want?” is vital, career coaching cannot stop there. ‘Knowing what you want’ does not equal ‘getting what you want’. The Career Fitness Profiler makes that abundantly clear to our trainees. The model of the career management attitudes and the characteristic human figure that makes the model very understandable is great in this respect. Over and over again, we see how the trainees react positively to this mode and we see them taking action to steer their careers.

Furthermore, we are delighted to see how the Career Fitness Profiler does not only help us to make a diagnosis, it also gives great tips for development. We manage to stay away from merely evaluating the development but truly engage in discussions on how we can support our trainees in their development needs. If you know that in general only 20% of employees feel they get developmental feedback and that this lack of feedback makes them feel disengaged in the talent development efforts of their company, that should tell you something. We are confident that all our trainees receive ample development feedback throughout their traineeship and the Career Fitness Profiler is a big help in that department.

Finally, we love how working with an evidence-based instrument allows you to make progress visible. We put all our efforts into making our trainees fit for the current employability context. Stability and job security are an illusion. We know that they will change jobs and companies many times, sometimes by their own choice, sometimes not. We want to make sure that, whatever happens, they are fit to adapt and stay on track to make sure they reach their career goals. When our trainees arrive at ORMIT, we measure their career management attitudes. Then we spend two years developing these attitudes. When we measure them again at the end of their traineeship, we see the progress and so do they.

To resume, we can readily recommend the Career Fitness Profiler in career coaching for young professionals. It gives you a strong diagnosis which saves you time, it helps you to raise the issues that need to be raised, it puts people into an active modus, it steers towards development and it helps you to keep track of progress.

If you want to learn more about the Career Fitness Profiler, contact us.

THE AUTHOR

About the author

Luc Vermeulen
Luc Vermeulen
Talent Development manager at ORMIT

Luc Vermeulen is Talent Development manager at ORMIT. He has 20 years of experience in working with young people and has dedicated his professional life to developing the talents your company will attract in the future.