IT professionals will be able to plan how their careers develop more clearly with a new Career Paths tool from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

BCS's online tool allows individuals to track their career paths based on BCS membership grades and professional certifications, and the Institute's IT skills and competency framework, SFIAplus.

So for example, the tool can provide information on what certifications professionals need to undertake to progress their careers in a particular direction, and how it aligns with the skills framework.

The Career Paths are now available in the areas of IT governance and information security, project management and support, business analysis, solution development and architecture, software testing and IT service management and ITIL. Other subject areas will be added later this year.

"Understanding what you need to do to advance in your chosen career is very important. Ambition can take you so far, but having the right skills, gaining the right professional certificates, networking, managing your career and professional developments are all important aspects to consider when planning where you want to be," said Michiel van der Voort, BCS director of international and professional development.