The Institute of Internal Auditors has introduced an online tool to help its members develop a personalized career development plan.

The tool allows IIA members to rate their competencies in 10 key areas. The debut of IIA Career Map comes as businesses are relying on internal audit for a wider range of needs, including cybersecurity issues and regulatory compliance.

IIA president and CEO Richard F. Chambers announced the launch of IIA Career Map before more than 600 attendees at The IIA’s All Star Conference at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“IIA Career Map provides internal auditors with a comprehensive tool to evaluate their professional strengths and development needs in key areas, such as communications and critical thinking, and build a personalized, detailed plan that guides them in reaching the next level in their career.” Chambers said in a statement.  “Because of greater pressures on internal audit and the natural evolution of the profession, it is vital to have a tool in place that provides strong career guidance. IIA Career Map fills that need.”

During the conference, participants were invited to register for IIA Career Map and perform an initial self-assessment. Based on the input, the tool assigns one of five proficiency ratings for each of the 10 areas and produces a customized report that then rates the user against target proficiencies for their current role.

In addition, IIA Career Map creates a personalized learning plan that recommends training, publications, and other professional resources to address proficiency gaps. The final step is creation of a plan to help set priorities to reach development goals, develop action items, and activate work-flow reminders to keep the user on track. The tool also allows users to match their competencies against job roles to which they aspire. The result is an action plan for developing specific competencies for career advancement.

In the first quarter of 2015, the IIA plans to introduce Team Builder, a fee-based component to
IIA Career Map that is designed to help chief audit executives evaluate staff competencies and development needs. Team Builder also will help identify the skills needed to round out teams, either through recruiting or development of existing staff.

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