How do I initiate a career conversation with my boss?
PREPARATION is key. Determine what you want to achieve out of the conversation. Are you looking for more responsibility, opportunity to move into a different role/area or support in changing careers to something different? Think about how it may be received by your manager before you start the conversation as aspiration to start a new and different career may be seen as withdrawal of commitment to your current role. It is good to start with your own career plan but go into the meeting with an open mind as your manager may have other ideas about what to pursue that you haven’t considered.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager, HR Solutions Randstad
CAREER discussions usually come up only once or twice a year during the performancereview period. As an employee, it’s primarily your responsibility to take control of your career and initiate these discussions. Schedule a meeting with your manager at a time when you’ll both be free from interruption. Be transparent regarding the agenda so you both have time to prepare and won’t be surprised by the direction of the conversation. Research possible future opportunities within the organisation and have a clear idea of how your strengths apply to these roles.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition
BEFORE you initiate a career conversation with your manager, it’s important that you prepare. Spend time reviewing your achievements in your current role because these will typically be aligned to your strengths. Understand what motivates you, devise a career development plan that includes some job target options. Once you have done this, send your manager a meeting invite for 45 minutes and give them context beforehand. Share your plan and ask for feedback in relation to your current role. Ask for stretch assignments within your current role aligned to your plan.
The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and out-placement
IF you have regular meetings with your boss, mention towards the end of the meeting that you wish to discuss your career at the next one. This will give your boss a chance to reflect on performance, opportunities and his/her part in your career development. If you do not have a regular meeting, arrange for a time, allowing some preparation time for you both. Your boss may want to pre-empt the discussion and know what you want to discuss. Respond briefly to give context and save the detail for the next meeting, when you can confidently identify achievements, challenges and opportunities.