Career development

Achieve your goals. Multiple paths to your success, multiple ways to demonstrate your expertise.

Ensuring your professional development is both good for you and good for IBM. We help our employees take ownership of their careers and build their expertise, a philosophy that leads directly to our clients–and your–success.

Career planning

As a member of our Global Business Services team, you'll progress through your career by demonstrating capabilities that are important to the clients we serve. These are clearly defined and communicated, so that goals can be set and progress measured in a meaningful way. Promotion to the next level in your career is based on the extent to which you successfully demonstrate these capabilities.

Career paths

IBM Global Business Services organization offers numerous paths to career success. While most traditional consulting firms offer a single route to a leadership position, we have four career paths that focus on our consulting, sales, project management and technical competencies. This allows our people to succeed by focusing on their strengths and interests in one or more disciplines.

In addition, as part of a large global organization with multiple business units, our consultants gain access to career opportunities throughout IBM in strategy, marketing, sales, finance and human resources, among many others–something our competitors simply cannot match. In fact, many of our most successful executives have had roles in several organizations within IBM.


No matter what career path you choose, the important thing is using your knowledge to help our clients solve their most-important business problems. As a Global Business Services consultant, you will be assigned a contact to help you seek out projects that enhance your skills and advance your career.

In addition to giving you some of the best on-the-job experience you can find, Global Business Services provides universal access to e-learning for all employees, enabling you to take the training you need, when you need it. Classroom training and instructor-led workshops are also part of the curriculum, and the courses in this program support and accelerate your development every step of the way.

To facilitate career growth and maximize opportunity, you will document your goals annually, and establish an Individual Development Plan to help achieve your professional aspirations. You will receive feedback on your performance for each project and on the capabilities you have demonstrated throughout the year.

Meet Angela,
a Managing Consultant in our S&C Practice Focusing on Organizational Change

"My first job role within GBS set me on the right path to achieve my goals."

Investing in development

IBM has been recognized for our learning programs, including awards in training and leadership development, and earned a number-one ranking two years in a row (Training Magazine).