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Listed below are documents, useful links and online tools to help you develop your career in public service.

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a collaborative effort between the employee and their supervisor to support the employee in achieving their career aspirations.

 IDP uses:

  1. Chart a career path for the employee by identifying new knowledge, skills and competencies to pursue.
  2. Support the employee with enhancing proficiency of knowledge, skills and competencies in their current position.
  3. Facilitate a transfer of knowledge from an employee intending to retire to other employees to increase their ability to compete for the body of work.

 IDPs are NOT:

  • Fixed in Stone. As long as both the employee and his/her supervisor agrees, IDP goals and activities can be changed.
  • Performance Appraisals. A performance appraisal looks back on past performance while an IDP is an action plan that looks forward.
  • Performance Improvement Plans (PIP). The PIP is to correct serious employee performance deficiencies or modify existing behavior issues whereas IDP’s are to enhance the employee’s knowledge, skills and competencies.
  • Promises. If conditions change (e.g. time, deadlines and availability of training and budget changes) employees and managers can develop a Plan B to pursue the employee’s goals.

Resource Forms:

In support of our commitment to Investing In YOU, King County and the Coalition of Unions are pleased to offer Professional Development Scholarship Funds to eligible employees. This pilot program is only for current career service, regular, civil service or an appointed employee represented by one of the unions in the Coalition for training that occurs in 2019.

Use WOIS/The Career Information System to identify your interests, skills and values, and explore careers, training programs and job opportunities. WOIS is a private, nonprofit organization located in Olympia, Washington, that works with King County to provide employees with high quality information, tools, and resources. WOIS stands for Washington Occupational Information Service.

  • If you have a King County email account, please follow this link. You will be taken to a secure page where you will have access to the WOIS system.
  • If you don't have a King County email account​, please email the ERC with your name and PeopleSoft ID to receive the password.

Introduction to Career Development 

You will learn the key elements of career development, identify your individual interests and values as they relate to career options, explore similar job classifications, learn the importance of competencies when identifying career options, leverage tips for engaging in conversations with your leadership, and gain the knowledge of how to research and seize career opportunities. You will choose a partner and participate in various exercises together.

Pre-workshop Instructions: Approximately one week prior to the workshop, you will emailed instructions and a link to an interest inventory assessment for you to complete on-line. Please print and bring a copy of the results to the workshop.

Search for upcoming workshop dates and to register here.

  • Career One Stop – One of the best websites providing comprehensive career exploration, training and job search resources, toolkits and links to local service providers.
  • Quintessential Careers – One of the best website providing comprehensive job-search resources, services, and up-to-date advice from job search and career experts.
  • O'NET online – An interactive application for exploring and searching hundreds of occupations. The database also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments to help people find or change careers.
  • WorkSource Seattle-King County – Career Coach, created by the Workforce Development Council and WorkSource, provides the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. They also offer a variety of job seeker services and resources.