By Debra Clark
Have you ever wondered what a Career Program is and how it can benefit you? CPs were established to ensure there is an adequate base of qualified and trained professional, technical and administrative personnel to meet the Army’s current and future needs within specific functional areas.
A CP documents your individual career management training, education and development. The Army’s CP goal is to realize the full potential of each Army civilian, inform careerists, supervisors, managers and other stakeholders, and discuss management concept, policies, procedures, and programs.
For Army civilians CPs are a defined “roadmap” for success with the appropriate training and development opportunities to facilitate the achievement of career goals within the Army. One of the resources the Army uses to facilitate this information is through the Army proponency offices. The CP-16 proponency office provides life-cycle career program management to develop Army civilians, engineers (non-construction) and scientists, capable of operating and leading in any environment.
Army CP-16 conducted a WSMR site visit April 20 to inform careerists, supervisors, managers and other stakeholders of the Army’s career program management concept and policies, procedures and programs in place to realize the full potential of each Army civilian. The visit consisted of CP automated systems familiarity, applicable policies, competency management, strategic workforce planning and responsibilities of each stakeholder.
“My visit to WSMR is intended to let careerists know what training opportunities are available, meet face to face and provide live demonstrations. Career programs is how the Army is developing people,” said David Martin, program manager for Army CP-16 proponency office at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. “We had a higher turnout than we usually have. There is probably a tenacious training team here.”
Martin advises CP-16s and any other careerists to develop themselves through the resources that are already out there.
“Employees need to take charge of their career and ask for help,” said Patrick Romero, WSMR CP-16 manager. Romero says if you are an employee not receiving the support or direction needed from your current supervisor it is important to seek guidance from your next level supervisor.
“We want to provide education and awareness to Army CP-16 careerists on managing their careers and the policy and systems available to support career planning,” said Farrell Adkins, Army CP-16 supervisory career management specialist. Adkins said CP managers are full time Army civilians supporting the Army civilian workforce by providing career counseling, professional development guidance and strategic workforce planning.
“Take personal responsibility for managing your career by understanding the policies and systems available for career planning,” Adkins said. Supervisors should be aware of and fluent in policies and systems that support career management, and should be having career management conversations during annual and mid-year counselings.”
For more information visit the following resources:
- Army Career Tracker (ACT): https://actnow.army.mil
- GoArmyEd: https://www.goarmyed.com/
- Army Regulation 350-1 Training and Leader Development: http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r350_1.pdf
- Army Regulation 690 – 950: http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r690_950.pdf
- Civilian Personnel Online (CPOL): www.cpol.army.mil
- Civilian Workforce Transformation (CWT) CP description: http://www.asamra.army.mil/cwt/about.cfm
- Army ACTEDS Catalog: http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/
- Army CP-16 Catalog: http://cpol.army.mil/library/train/catalog/ch03cp16.html
- Civilian Training and Leader Development: http://www.civiliantraining.army.mil
- Career Maps: http://www.asamra.army.mil/cwt/careermaps.cfm