Skill Tracker

You Don't Know TRACKs!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Career Navigator, now known as Skill Tracker, has been an ATD staple for many years. It’s a tool to help you assess your skills for the talent development role you have now, or for the one you want next. Simply put, Skill Tracker makes The ATD Competency Model actionable for you.

The reason for the name change was simple: Skill Tracker is designed to help you track and grow your skills.

Originally, the Career Navigator included three broad roles (specialist, manager, and executive) to help you assess your skills across the breadth of the talent development field. For Skill Tracker, we created five specialized tracks to help you assess your skills against a more focused set of competencies: 

  1. instructional designer 
  2. training specialist 
  3. learning manager 
  4. HR or organization development professional 
  5. performance consultant.

The advanced practitioner track still allows you to assess your readiness across all areas of expertise.

Each of these TRACKs enables you to self-assess on a focused set of skills. Behavioral examples make it easy for you to assess consistently and accurately—this is just for you.

Once you’ve finished your assessment, you can see your skill gaps and strengths. Most important, for each of your gaps, you’ll be presented with a personalized plan of targeted ATD learning opportunities to help you close them. Now you know exactly what you can do to improve your proficiency in your current role.


But don’t stop there! Hold yourself accountable for your own professional development. Select which activities you want to pursue first and add them to your development plan. Add other activities across the 70-20-10 spectrum, including those offered by your organization or others in the public domain. Then work your plan and reassess to see what gaps remain; it’s your own continuous improvement process. Skills are currency, and ATD is helping you get them. The creation and execution of your development plan is actually the most important part.

You can also leverage TRACKs to prepare for your next role. Use the career-planning feature to pick the TRACK or TRACKs you might want to pursue next, get a personalized learning plan for that TRACK, and add those activities to your development plan. Now you’ve got a great story to tell if you’re interviewing for that job.

Over time, your development plan will be your professional development snapshot. And you’ll have more skills and professional currency.

If you want to learn more about Skill Tracker, come to the ATD 2017 session on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. in the Career Center.

But if you can’t wait, you can check out ATD Skill Tracker now!

About the Author

Cheryl Lasse is SkillDirector’s managing partner. Her goal is helping people and companies achieve their potential. Cheryl has extensive experience with competency model development and implementation, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion with others. Check out the LinkedIn group Competency Models For Professional Development.

She believes people are intrinsically motivated to excel, if they are given access to a competency model for their role, the opportunity to assess themselves against that model, and personalized learning to help them close gaps and meet aspirational goals. This philosophy has been embodied in the Self-Directed Learning Engine, the engine behind the ATD Skill Tracker.

Cheryl has a strong background in consulting, marketing, and sales, mostly in technology companies, where training has played a chief role throughout her career. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Syracuse University in computer science and HR, and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

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