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Web-based tool improves civilian career development planning

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- This month, civilian employees will be able to use the updated version of the Airmen Development Plan to create career development plans.

In addition to providing civilians with easier access to career guidance and mentorship, the ADP is an online collaborative tool that enables supervisors, development teams and career-field mentors to work together to grow civilian employees and leaders. The secure web-based tool allows civilians to communicate their experience, training, and education goals, which are then visible to people who can help them achieve those goals.

Civilian career-field team members will be able to access career briefs, career-planning diagrams and all other pertinent information, help employees develop a plan to achieve their goals, and give them feedback on how their preferences fit with Air Force needs, officials said. The information will also enable functional development teams to more effectively manage career fields. Calls for ADP submissions will go out this month to support summer development team meetings. Employees should ensure they are signed up for their career field list server messages in order to get those e-mails. To sign up, go to the AFPC website and enter "list server" in the keyword search box.

Introduced in September 2007 as a replacement for the transitional officer development plan, ADP now replaces the transitional civilian development plan, officials said. It integrates numerous force development tools, such as electronic records, duty histories, career planning diagrams, awards and assignment preferences into one platform, drawing information from the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System. This benefits employees because they won't have to go through the process of inputting all of their career brief data.

To prevent inaccurate information from populating the ADP fields, civilian employees should thoroughly review their career brief information. Those who find errors can go the DCPDS My Biz site to correct them, or contact their local civilian personnel section for help, officials said.

ADP is accessible through the Air Force Portal under the "Quick Links" section, officials said. There is also a comprehensive AFPC tutorial website available. Select the "help" button in ADP to access it.

For more information about civilian employee developmental opportunities and other civilian personnel programs, visit the AFPC personnel services website at http://gum.afpc.randolph.af.mil or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102 or DSN 665-5000.