Purposeful Career Conversations

One of the key highlights for many managers is helping grow and develop their team members. “Purposeful Career Conversations” is a practical session is designed to help managers identify which stage of the Career Development Cycle (CDC) their team members are at, as well as providing a revision of the skills involved in having a purposeful conversation around career.

In a world where opportunities fluctuate, and the meaning of “career” holds different meanings for different individuals, managers need to be comfortable with ambiguity in these conversations, and more present for their people when these conversations arise.

Course Content


  • Why these conversations matter
  • The 4 stages of the CDC: Explore, Understand, Experience and Implement
  • Understand how adults learn and are motivated

Skills for career conversations

  • Boundary setting
  • Rapport/ Questioning/ Listening
  • Flexing: depending on the individual, depending on which stage of the CDC they are at
  • Using a model for the conversation: GROWS
  • Identify your key strength in these conversations; what can derail you?

Action planning

Identify specific changes you will make in terms of how you hold these conversations in the future

Course Approach


  • Your own pre-conception of what “career” means
  • Experiment with something new in this safe environment, and receive feedback


An opportunity to focus on having a meaningful conversation which adds value


Reflect on your role as a manager in terms of your team members; where does responsibility for “managing career” lie?

Embedding Success

Post programme activities to support the transfer of learning and habit building


Review your own career. What are you most proud of?  What might you have done differently? What’s the one piece of advice you wish you had been given, or had listened to?


Co-create a contract for “Career Conversations” with your team members.


Book a career conversation with your Manager, and share your key learning from this course and 1 thing you are doing differently as a result.


of our clients would recommend Alpha to a colleague or peer


of a cohort was promoted within 2 years after participating in an Alpha course.


of participants felt more confident in their role, following an Alpha commercial leadership course.

Why study with Alpha?

Innovation and creativity born from experience

We are thought leaders in instructional and learning journey design and holistic solution architects. We have extensive finance and investments experience combined with skills application to deliver performance improving results. We develop immersive learning environments that maximize time to productivity, support talent retention and added value to improving quality of hires.

Knowledge Exchange Evangelists

We are focused on mining the embedded organisational intellectual capital for the benefit of the next generation. We create and curate best in class practice gathered from our experience with the leading financial institutions. We design our programmes with the end in mind – what results are you trying to achieve with this intervention? What metrics will we set ourselves to achieve that?

Generation Proof

Quality and innovation, using current market and industry best practices, have made us a trusted partner in delivering dynamic and motivating training for the financial and capital markets. Our programmes are generation proof and responsive to evolving learner needs and styles. Our solutions use a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy that expands beyond relationships between the learner and learning provider. We create connections with managers, peers and the wider business to drive impactful return on investment..

Enquire now

"*" indicates required fields

This form collects your contact information so that we can correspond with you.
Check out our privacy policy for more information about how we protect and manage your data.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
The team are so friendly and pleasant to work with, everyone is very professional and keen to help us. Building a relationship over the past couple of years helps us to feel like the Alpha team are even more able to understand our needs and provide more proactive solutions.
Find out more about our in-house training courses