A Manager’s Guide To Career Conversations

A Manager’s Guide

How to Have Meaningful Career Conversations with Employees

Get the tools and templates you need to empower your employees to take ownership of their own career development

Employees want direction on where they need to develop for the future. By having an honest and open career conversation, they will feel more engaged in their work and more committed to the organisation.

This guide will help you prepare for a career conversation with your employees. Our aim is for you to empower them to take ownership of their own career development. At the same time, you will provide the information and support they seek on their career journey. This will help your employees feel satisfied in their role no matter what their career ambitions are.

This guide has been designed to support the Career Conversation Toolkit, a set of practical card-based tools to help you ask the right questions and empower your employees to take ownership of their own career development. Find out more here

Where should you start?

What questions should you ask?

How can they decide what support they need?

That’s what the Manager’s Guide to Career Conversations is designed to help with.

Hi, I’m Antoinette. I created the Manager’s Guide to accompany the Career Conversation Toolkit, to address the above challenges.

If you manage, supervise or mentor anyone, you can expect that at some time they will ask you how they can progress in your organisation. The Manager’s Guide will prepare you for having this conversation.

Manager Guide to Career Conversations

The practical resources provided in this guide will show you how to prepare yourself, and the effective ways to ask the right questions.

The Manager’s Guide is full of practical, simple and easy to use guidance. it will show you how to empower employees to take ownership of their career development.

Your organisation will have more satisfied, loyal, and motivated staff. And they will be able to develop and keep the skills the organisation needs for the future.

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Benefits for the employee

Help them feel more satisfied and motivated in their current role no matter what their ambitions

Encourage them to identify development opportunities and take steps that will help them to be more effective

Have conversations that make them want to stay with the organisation rather than go elsewhere

Have a flexible approach which means they take ownership of their career development

Benefits for the manager

Development of, and confidence in, your own skills and practice

Stronger teams built on honesty and openness

Individuals becoming more open to change and challenge

Benefits for the organisation

Greater engagement and motivation of employees

Increased retention of key people and skills, reducing costs associated with turnover and recruitment

Improved employer brand attracting talented candidates

Manager Guide to Career Conversations

The Manager’s Guide to Career Conversations helps empower and inspire individuals to take ownership of their career development so they can navigate within your organisation.

The skills and techniques you need to have effective career conversations will help you to become even more effective people managers. This guide, together with the Career Conversation Toolkit, will give you the confidence to build your skills and develop your experience.

How does it work?

This guide will help you prepare for a career conversation with your employees. Our aim is for you to empower them to take ownership of their own career development. At the same time, you will provide the information and support they seek on their career journey. This will help your employees feel satisfied in their role no matter what their career ambitions are.

This guide has been designed to support the Career Conversation Toolkit, a set of practical card-based tools to help you ask the right questions and empower your employees to take ownership of their own career development.

What does the Manager’s Guide Contain?

The practical resources provided in this guide will show you how to prepare yourself. It will provide guidance on the effective ways to ask the right questions and how to empower employees to take ownership of their career development:

    • Why Career Conversations are Important
    • Your Role as a Manager
    • Getting Prepared for Success
    • Top Tips for Managers Having Career Conversations
    • When to Have Career Conversations

    • What to Talk About in a Career Conversation
    • The Career Conversation Model
    • The Career Conversation Toolkit
    • Bringing it All Together

Each section helps managers develop skills, or confidence in, their own skills and practice

Buy your Manager’s Guide to Career Conversations for £20, or with the Career Conversation Toolkit for £45

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This helped me to provide better career support to our staff.

Svjetlana T., HR Associate

I found the content excellent, thought-provoking, it made me reflect quite a bit on my own practice. And I love the Career Conversation Toolkit.

Katy W., Manager

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Antoinette Oglethorpe

Antoinette Oglethorpe

Creator of the Manager’s Guide to Career Conversations

Antoinette is an award-winning leadership development consultant, coach, speaker and author. She has over 25 years’ experience in developing leaders for the world’s most successful organizations – companies like P&G, Accenture and Avanade.

She works with individual leaders, leadership teams and HR professionals. Antoinette uses a solution focused approach to focus on the things that will have the greatest impact on performance. By helping to make progress in those areas, she inspires her clients to operate more effectively and deliver better results.

In the past few years, she has supported multiple career management programmes and initiatives for international organisations. She was a contributor to the award-winning Virtual Career Labs at the United Nations Development Programme, which won two Fuel50 awards in 2017 as outstanding career management initiatives.

Antoinette frequently provides free resources to HR practitioners via her website. She speaks at events across the globe on subjects like the impact of mentoring and the importance of career conversations for employees, supervisors and organisations, among other talent development topics. Her book, “Grow Your Geeks: A Handbook for Developing Leaders in High-Tech Organizations.” was an Amazon bestseller in the category of Leadership and Management.

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