The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is excited to share its first interactive career development tool built from industry data. The Professional Skills Map is the first of its kind in the scholarly publishing space: Users at any career stage can discover roles across scholarly publishing and make direct comparisons about the necessary elements for success.
In late 2019, Career Development Committee members Karen Stanwood and Sarah Andrus undertook the ambitious effort of surveying the wider scholarly publishing industry, reaching out to SSP members and others via email and social media, about the professional skills needed and desired in their roles.
Respondents were asked to share the type of organization they were affiliated with, the business area for their current role, their title, and years in the industry. Respondents were then asked to identify multiple personal characteristics and skills affiliated with their current position and future career development. Using data from 235 individuals, the mapping tool draws correlations between respondents’ current roles and their self-reported areas of strength and desired development. The results allow users to see patterns in roles across organizations or departments..
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