How To Talk To Your Manager About Career Development | FAQs

CAREER ADVICE   |   2 minutes  |   November 30, 2016

Professional development should always be a priority for you in your career. And your manager is the person who can help you achieve your career aspirations and define your professional development goals.

In this short video, Chief of Education at GetSmarter, Amy Johnson, shares her advice on how to approach your manager about career development, and how to prepare for that important conversation.

Before you approach your manager, ensure you prepare. Think about your long term and short term goals and how your career development could add value to your career as well as to the business. A good manager cares about your career growth, so they should be happy to sit down and chat with you about your goals.

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Managers are generally very open to the conversation around career development, and the key is for you to take your career development into your own hands – to identify the short-term and long-term goals that you have. You want to think about where you find yourself in your current career, and then think about how the career development that you want to pursue could benefit the business, and also how this could benefit you in the long run so that the conversation is mutually beneficial.