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ERIC Number: ED469703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Practical Tips for Effective Career Discussions at Work. NICEC Guide.
Hirsh, Wendy; Jackson, Charles; Kidd, Jenny
This guide draws on findings of research that explored key features of effective career discussions at work in major employing organizations in the United Kingdom. Intended for employees and the wide range of people positioned to offer advice and support on career development, it presents practical tips for these "receivers" and "givers" of career support and ideas on how to encourage effective career discussions. Tips are categorized into four steps, with tips for givers appearing separately from tips from receivers. The left column has tips for givers, the right for receivers. Step 1, setting up the discussion, covers individual responsibility for career, awareness of human resources systems, and preparation. Step 2, establishing trust, addresses agreeing a contract, listening and empathy, and questioning and probing. Step 3, sharing information, discusses information about self and situation, exploring pros and cons of options, questioning and probing, and setting direction. Step 4, agreeing action, covers concluding the discussion and agreeing actions and any further contact. Suggestions follow as to what givers and receivers of advice should not do. Notes place career discussions in their context: individuals vary in how often they need to discuss their careers with others; different kinds of people can offer career support; career discussions can convey different kinds of information, raise deep personal issues, and need to be managed; and after a career discussion a range of actions may be taken. (YLB)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom