January 10: Enhancing The Career Development Discussion

Time and time again employers get low marks in the area of employee development on employee engagement and satisfaction surveys.  Employees state that they often don’t know what their career options are, what development opportunities exist or even how to approach their manager about the topic.  Ironically managers often feel equally ill equipped for that discussion and pressured to have all the answers.

 This presentation talks about how to equip employees to come to the career development dialogue as an equal partner in the process by understanding and being able to articulate skills, values, interests and goals. It also addresses how to better prepare managers for that dialogue both by creating an open and trusting environment as well as understanding the various resources available to help an employee develop.  The goal is to enhance the dialogue so that managers and employees create a sustainable career development plan.

Program Objectives

  1. Increase employee engagement and retention through sustainable career development planning.
  2. Improve the effectiveness of the conversation between employees and managers regarding career development throughout the year.
  3. Help employees increase self awareness and ability to articulate career plans and goals.
  4. Coach Managers’ on how to create a trusting and supportive environment for the career discussion.
  5. Learn how to prepare managers for the career development discussion by better understanding resources and options.

Karen Kodzik
holds Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Planning and Development.  Uniquely qualified as a career counselor with hands on experience in HR and management consulting.  As President and Owner of Cultivating Careers, a career management firm, she has helped hundreds of professionals at various career crossroads develop the plans and tools to move forward and realize rewarding careers. In addition to her private practice, she is a published author and a highly sought after speaker, and source to the Twin Cities media on career management, employment and job search related topics.