Career Development Relationships

Career Development Relationships

A Career Development Relationship (CDR) is a dyadic relationship in which there is a conscious goal to provide for gradual socialization of an individual into the organization and to develop the abilities and promotability of the less experienced individual.

These relationships can be distinguished by varying degrees of instrumental (task oriented) and psychosocial behaviors. There are five CDRs that are well described in the healthcare, business, and education literature.


  • Definition and Overview
  • Career Development Levels (Precepting, Coaching, Peer Strategizing, Sponsoring, Mentoring)
  • CDR Scenarios
  • Tips for Creating CDRs

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