What strategies have you used to get your boss to support your career advancement goals?

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Bring your supervisor into the conversation and have them help you make a plan. Say, ’here are three (or however many, not too many) goals I have for myself, and here are an array of resources I’ve found to help me develop.” Pick things that are free as well as paid, and look at ODLC. Have everything mapped out, in terms of costs and time commitments. Let them know how you’ll give back the value to them (i.e., I’ll present on what I learn at this conference, etc.) Then set another meeting 6 months from then to revisit your goals and how you’re reaching them. In my experience, this shows that you’re serious, but also that you’ve considered what their needs are, and you haven’t made more work for them!

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on May 7, 2015 9:54 am

Explain your advancement as a win-win for both you and your boss. When you pursue professional development, you are able to do your job better or move to a more responsible role, either within your unit or in another area. Growth and change are good for everyone even though they might bring changes that are temporarily inconvenient or disruptive. Help your boss understand that stagnation and stuckness is unhealthy for everyone!

Posted by Anonymous
Answered on April 23, 2015 5:58 pm
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