The days of predictable career advancement are over. The traditional career ladder has been replaced by a career “lattice,” along which individuals move laterally, or occasionally even backward, as well as forward. One might think that career planning is more important than ever as a result of this shift. But how many healthcare executives actually have a career plan?
In this study, we sought to shed light on this and other healthcare career management issues. Through its Career Services Task Force, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) undertook a research project to (1) determine what proportion of U.S. healthcare executives have a career plan in place; (2) identify particular career challenges faced by early, mid-, and senior careerists; and (3) gauge the extent to which healthcare executives consult career assistance sources, and which ones they tap.