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Employees Grow More Self-Reliant About Career

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Employees Grow More Self-Reliant About Career

PHILADELPHIA – March 27, 2012 – The competitive job market seems to be having at least one beneficial effect, according to a survey by Right Management. Nine out of ten of the 364 North American employees surveyed say they are feeling more self-reliant about managing their career. Right Management is the talent and career management experts within ManpowerGroup.

Has the continued weak job market made you more self-reliant about managing your career?

  • 66% Yes, definitely 
  • 23% Yes, somewhat 
  • 6% Not that I am aware of 
  • 5% Not at all

“The employees surveyed seem genuinely convinced that they’re more self-directed when it comes to managing their own career,” said Monika Morrow, Senior Vice President of Career Management for Right Management, which provides talent, career and outplacement services to Fortune 500 companies.

“Ten years ago,” said Morrow, “the concept of self-directed career management was relatively new and not well understood. Now it has traction. Today both management and employees understand and embrace this new reality. The dramatic changes in the job market of the past few years won’t be forgotten in our lifetime, nor will the realization that people need to take control of their futures, even as hiring picks up.”

Morrow believes that understanding the importance of self-directed career management is actually a good thing. “Career management means a lot more, say, than quitting in order to take a new job. In fact, it might mean the reverse, staying with an organization but seeking out professional development opportunities, new assignments or growth opportunities. Employees today can’t expect management to drive their careers forward. True self-reliance is about helping to create your own solutions and really making things happen for you.”

About Right Management


Right Management is the global leader in talent and career management workforce solutions. As the workforce consulting experts within ManpowerGroup, the firm designs and delivers solutions to align talent strategy with business strategy. Expertise spans Talent Assessment, Leader Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Employee Engagement, and Workforce Transition and Outplacement. With offices in over 50 countries, Right Management partners with companies of all sizes – including more than 80% of the Fortune 500 – to help grow and engage their talent, increase productivity and optimize business performance.

Media Contact: Shari Fryer, shari@fryerassociates.com, 970-846-6607