3 Main Key Points for Career Conversations

Do you want that promotion? To be included on a great project? Would you like to change your working arrangements? Do you want to change your role? So, what are you actually doing about it? Your career is your responsibility, why would you leave it in someone else’s hands?

3 Main Key Points for Career Conversations

Very often these thoughts are initially just in our heads. We mull them over and consider options, what might happen, what might work.

“The longer we do this, the more likely our internal chatterbox – the story we tell ourselves – can easily develop a hook, leaving you hung up on an unexamined idea.” (Susan David, Emotional Agility, 2016)

Unless we move to action, what we are seeking will just remain a frustrated goal and dream. We can even talk ourselves into abandoning our plans altogether.

If we just sit and wait for the right circumstances to occur, believe that we will be noticed for the quality of our work, then we are handing decisions about our career to someone else.

Your career is your responsibility, why would you leave it in someone else’s hands?

Time to take action:

3 Main Key Points for Career Conversations

1. Be clear on what you want

The first step forward is being able to articulate what you really want and why.  This is where is becomes real and where so many people get stuck.  Showing up and presenting ourselves, our emotions and feelingsisn’t easy.This may be uncomfortable and you may feel vulnerable, but “vulnerability is not a weakness, and the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure we face every day is not optional.” (Brené Brown, Dare Greatly, 2012)

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That’s why it so often takes a sudden change in circumstances or a crisis to force us to act.

How many conversations have you had when someone has said, “I wish I had done this years ago”?  How often have you seen someone who has made a change and remarked on how calm and relaxed they are?


2. Prepare yourself

Taking time to prepare is essential, especially committing to yourself and owning your strengths and capabilities.  If we don’t understand and own them, how can we put our case forward?  I am sure you have had positive feedback. But focusing on praise can feel uncomfortable or immodest. We even try and share it out!  It takes practice to accept the positives so that they become memorable and part of who we are.


3. Talk to someone objective

By talking to someone who has your best interests at heart, who is trustworthy, prepared to listen and challenge you can help you achieve that clarity of thought, before you instigate that important conversation internally or seek a new role externally.

Wendy Hirsh’s research (Straight Talking: The Nature of effective Career Discussions at Work, 2004) identified these key qualities and they are often more important than the individual’s professional expertise.  But you will also need to be open to new ideas and feedback.  How you are perceived may be different to how you see yourself, which may prompt self-reflection and some rewriting of your inner story and possibilities for the future.

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Are you ready to commit to yourself?


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Imaeruaka Joseph .N

Imaeruaka Joseph .N

I believe in sharing wisdom with others. Utilizing life to its maximum and blogging is a call for me . Who is Imaeruaka Joseph? Imaeruaka Joseph also known as Inbuilt-Wisdom JIN, is an indigen of Amesi town, in Aguata local government area, Anambra state. Skills? 1. Copy writer (specialty; sales copy) Currently works with Sky blazer ventures, Niger standard industry ltd, Azodo fish farm. 2. Content creator (short stories, articles, memes and poems) Currently works with Andora Novella, Tis foundation and Medium. 3. Author at Amazon (kindle direct publish) Imaeruaka Joseph up to date has six books published on Amazon. -Marriage forum -Wisdom from its inbuilt -The Compile -Did i have sex? - a memoir -Maintenance of some basic electrical components -The poem stream. Reach out to me via email, [email protected]

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