Career Development Discussion

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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Career development planning is a process that enables you to get to know yourself and determine where you want to develop in your career, explore your options, and identify growth opportunities to reach your goals. If you are just getting started, Dabra recommends downloading the interactive workbook to help you on your career development journey. Your career development conversation may be focused on career goal exploration or identifying and brainstorming development opportunities and activities for you to pursue in order to grow in a specific skill.


Consider the goal of your meeting – Goal Exploration vs. Goal Determined — to narrow down the discussion points. Adjust the template below as required. As you discuss each point, check the box and capture important information in the notes section of Dabra. At the end of the session, you should be closer to either identifying: 1) a future role and skills to develop (Career Goal Exploration) or 2) development activities and timeline (Career Goal Determined).  Remember that Career Goal exploration might require multiple discussions, perhaps a reach-out to a colleague in that job, and/or a meeting with a career coach.


Career Goal Exploration

  • Share what is important to you in your future career
  • Discuss what you would like to achieve professionally in the next 1-2 years.
  • Share what you like most in your job, what brings you energy and motivates you.
  • Consider what you want to do more of/less of compared to today.
  • Brainstorm what kind of roles you may be interested in pursuing.
  • Consider what kind of skills you think you would need to develop for that type of role.

Career Goal Determined

  • Discuss you career development goal and areas for development (skills you need to work on). Consider identifying two that you can do in the short term and one to work toward in the longer term.
  • Brainstorm possible development activities (e.g. Projects, on-the-job training, shadowing, virtual training) for each of the areas for development.
  • Agree upon a set of development activities and timeline
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