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April 23, 2018 updated

Companies that Promote Employees’ Career Self-Reliance and Specific Initiatives


Makoto Fujimoto

Senior Researcher, Department of Career Development

The concept of career self-reliance has been focused these days in the discussion on corporate personnel, labor management, and employees’ career formation, and has become one of the main topics in the field. Career self-reliance is defined as a “(personal) life-long commitment to developing one’s own career and continuing to learn new things in a rapidly changing environment,” (Hanada et al. 2003) and from the perspective of the company it is regarded as “transforming the structure of the personnel management and training system from the previous top-down organizational paradigm to that of career design and formation by the individual employee” (Hanada 2006).

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