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Straight Talking: Effective Career Discussions at Work

 It identifies the  types of people with whom good career discussions tend to be held, the settings in which these take place, the skills and personal qualities of those who give good support, and the impact that these discussions have on individual employees.  

The findings show that there is a wide diversity in the people who can provide useful career support. Much of this support takes place outside formal HR processes, and effective discussions are often initiated by the individual employee. Those giving career support need to take a challenging and positive approach: counselling skills are important but not sufficient. Individuals need to play their part by being open-minded and honest. Effective career discussions often lead to practical actions and can also be very motivating for employees. The report concludes with a framework of practical do’s and don’ts for those giving career support and individual employees receiving it.

Author(s): Wendy Hirsh, Charles Jackson, Jennifer M. Kidd

Other Publishers: The Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC)

Production date: 2012

How to obtain: Download Straight Talking: Effective Career Discussions at Work, NICEC/CRAC, June 2001

Communities: Research Staff, Research, Postgraduate

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers, Students and graduates - all

Format: Web



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