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Participants can access a fully self-directed online learning programme. In their own time and at their own pace, they complete the learning through our comprehensive learning portal. Interaction comes in the form of activities that participants complete at their own pace and through comments on the portal.

You can enrol today for the following self-study programmes on the AO Online Learning Portal:

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Self-Study Confident Career Conversations Online

Help Your Employees Develop Their Careers One Conversation at a Time

Employees don’t care about your organisation. They care about their careers.
The key to engaging and keeping your best people is to help them develop their careers in line with the needs of the business. That relies on open, honest and effective Career Conversations.
We all know it’s good to talk. But let’s face it. Opening up a sensitive issue like career progression can weigh heavily on even the most experienced shoulders. Where should you start? What questions should you ask? How do you help employees develop their careers? How do you deal with some of the dilemmas that might come up?

The Self-Study Confident Career Conversations Online Programme will give you the practical tools and skills you need.

Overall Satisfaction Score

To date, Confident Career Conversations Online has achieved an overall Satisfaction Score of 9.5 (out of 10).


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I really enjoyed the Programme. Career conversations has always seemed like something a “specialist” would do. Now I have some useful tools and techniques that mean I can do something that I think is important and worthwhile.

Senior Learning and Development Advisor, Home Group

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This was an excellent programme thanks to the toolkit and its set of questions as well as Antoinette’s expertise and passion!

Jean-Luc Marcelin, Programme Specialist, United Nations Development Programme

Some of the challenges the Programme will help you address:

“What effective tools can I use in career conversations?”
You’ll receive your own Career Conversation Toolkit and Application Guide to help you plan, prepare and hold effective career conversations.

“How do I provide insight without direction?”
You’ll learn how you can share your experience and wisdom without telling someone what to do.

“How do I structure a career conversation?”
You’ll learn the Career Conversation Model and the different stages of an effective career conversation.

“How do I support people who have been long-term in a role, who are happy in their role or who don’t know what they want?”
You will learn the variety of options available to support people with different ambitions and goals.

“Do I need to be an expert in coaching or career advice?”
No. The toolkit will do the heavy lifting for you. You will learn what each tool is for, how to use it, when to pick it up and when to put it down.

“What are effective questions to get an employee to think about their future?”
Good career conversations depend on powerful questions. You will receive a set of thoughtfully conceived questions to provoke reflection and encourage employees to take ownership.

Self-Study Mentoring for Success Online

Become a Confident and Competent Mentor

If you are looking to make your way in business, try to find a mentor. If you are in a position to share the skills you have learned, give something back by becoming a mentor yourself.

Richard Branson, Founder of The Virgin Group

If you are new to mentoring, you are likely to face three key challenges:

  1. Framework – you are not sure how to begin a mentoring conversation or how to structure the discussion;
  2. Tools and Techniques – you don’t know what questions to ask or how to motivate and empower others to take ownership for their own development;
  3. Skills – mentoring requires a new approach to conversation of which you may have limited experience.

Our self-study Mentoring for Success Programme addresses all three challenges. It provides you with a framework, tools and techniques to structure a powerful mentoring conversation. You will gain experience and build your confidence. A supportive environment allows you to explore how you will apply your new skills back in the workplace.

The Mentoring for Success Programme provides you with the confidence and skills to perform an effective mentoring role.

Overall Satisfaction Score

To date, Mentoring for Success  Online Programme has achieved an overall Satisfaction Score of 9.4 (out of 10).


We've had some very senior figures, from managing directors through to middle management, attend the Programme and it has been brilliant.

Andrea Huckett, Head of Career Management, Saint-Gobain

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Taking this course has been a wonderful experience. The content is great, the tools are practically relevant and the facilitators, splendid. The lessons from the modules are useful beyond mentoring - they apply to everyday life. The activities provide a space for the development of deep thinking, quiet reflection, and active listening skills. Altogether, it has been greatly insightful. Now, I have got some wonderful new tools in my mentoring toolbox, and I know they are relevant for where I am now and where I am going tomorrow.

Founder, MeetMentors

You will gain a practical framework and tools to structure your mentoring conversations.

Gain a common understanding on what mentoring is/involves in the context of your organisation and the value that mentoring can play in developing employees.

Identify the benefits of being involved in a mentoring relationship.

Gain some practical tools to have effective mentoring conversations with employees.

Develop the competence to engage in conversations around professional and career development.

Institute of Leadership Approved Programmes

All our Career Development and Mentoring Programmes have been awarded ‘Institute Approved’ status by the Institute of Leadership.

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