FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How do i use the career pathfinder tool?

Click here to watch a brief video tutorial.

Why were transfers and demotions included in the data?

Our aim in providing the Career PathFinder is to be transparent in presenting data about actual career moves in the County. Transfers and demotions represent actual career moves many County employees have made to satisfy their professional and/or personal needs. As such, these career moves are presented in the Career PathFinder. Lateral transfers and demotions can sometimes indicate intentional career choices. For example, some people may have transferred to different units to build knowledge within a field before moving up while others may have taken a demotion to gain experience in another field. Of course, not all transfers and demotions indicate intentional career choices, which is why our team analyzed and removed those that did not appear to be purposeful.

Is my personal information saved somewhere?

No. Your use of the Career PathFinder is always anonymous. Your name is only used to provide you with a personalized experience and is not saved on any system. The statistics that appear on the home page regarding the usage of the Career PathFinder are anonymized and aggregated.

What’s the difference between using 15 years of employee adventures versus 30?

15 years of employee adventures means that you are viewing more recent activity than you would have if you selected the thirty years option. The advantage of selecting 15 years of adventures is that the career choices provided may be more relevant because they reflect what County employees are doing “today”. 30 years of adventures is more useful when you are interested in looking at long-term trends of career movement.

What does the popularity percentage mean?

Popularity is the relative percentage of employees who have made a particular career move, whether from a specific position or to a specific position.  Understanding popularity may be easier with a few examples!

Let’s say you are exploring paths from Intermediate Clerk, and you see that Eligibility Worker has a popularity of 10%.  This means that 10% of Intermediate Clerks become Eligibility Workers as their next immediate career move.

As another example, let’s say you are exploring paths that lead to Administrative Services Manager II.  If you see that Management Analyst has a popularity of 25%, that means that 25% of Administrative Services Manager IIs were Management Analysts right before they promoted.

Popularity can help you evaluate how common (or uncommon) a particular career move has been in the past.  This can be a very important factor to consider when deciding on your own path.

Why are the career movements in the career pathfinder limited to the top 20?

For each classification, the Career PathFinder will show you the top 20 next career steps even though there might be many other jobs that people have taken. The list of options is limited because the popularity percentages are extremely small (i.e., less than 0.5%) when the list is expanded beyond 20. And for some classifications, the list of next steps might exceed 100, which can make it difficult to compare the options and decide on your next step.

This tool is great, but why should I consider planning a career with la county?

LA County is a wonderful place to work, and over 100,000 employees are proud to have made LA County their career home. In fact, LA County has a reputation for this, as we have been named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Large Employers several times! We invite you take a look at what makes LA County so special by visiting our Employer of Choice and Faces of LA County pages.

How do I print my career path report in color?

You will need to ensure your print settings enable background colors to be printed.

In Internet Explorer, click on the Tools icon (or hit Alt + X) and select Print and then Page Setup. In the dialog window that opens, look under Paper Options, make sure the “Print Background Colors and Images” box is checked, and then click the OK button to save the setting.

In Chrome, click Print on your career path report. In the dialog window that opens, click More Settings, and make sure the “Background Graphics” box (under Options) is checked.

The Career PathFinder is brought to you as a career planning resource tool from the Los Angeles County University.

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