How do I ini­ti­ate a ca­reer con­ver­sa­tion with my boss?

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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.

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