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Early career pathways


Since the financial crash of 2008, there have been a number of factors impacting significantly on the early career phases of professionals: changes in client expectations, new technologies enabling greater automation of more commoditised tasks, and changes to the overall business models of firms.

Prior to these fundamental changes, career paths in professional firms typically progressed in a linear format from Trainee/Consultant to Partner, via a series of transitions, usually within the same firm. The external influences mentioned above, together with increasing demands for more flexible career paths from new entrants, are disrupting that linear progression. The old-style career ladder is being converted to something akin to a jungle gym (or, more elegantly, a 'career lattice').

In this paper, we will examine the drivers of change affecting early career pathways and present case studies of how professional firms can best equip, and retain, their talent through strategic learning and development.



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