By Beth Lane 29 Nov 2021 6 min read

How to discuss development with your seniors


The possibility for progression in a job role is important for some individuals, especially if you have been in the same position for a while. Having the ability to speak to your seniors about this can be difficult if you are unsure on how to approach the topic. 

You might find yourself in a situation where you are having a 1:1 conversation with your manager, but you are still unable to bring yourself to start the conversation. 

So, how do you achieve this? Here are three ways to discuss development with your seniors: 


1. Schedule a meeting with your senior:


Making sure that you have a meeting scheduled for a specific time and date with your senior will help to make the conversation a whole lot easier. 

This will allow you to prepare, gather your thoughts and be ready for any questions that your senior may have for you. By having a meeting in place, you will be able to mentally prepare and deal with any nerves beforehand. 

Breathe, you’ve got this! 


2. Have a clear understanding of what your goals are:


After you have scheduled your meeting, make sure that you have a clear understanding of what your goals and objectives are. Knowing what you want to achieve will allow you to communicate this to your seniors well. 

Take this opportunity to outline everything you want to achieve, courses that you feel would benefit your goal and a timeline you would like to achieve these goals by.

 Make sure that you don’t leave the meeting wishing you had said more. 


3. Be confident in the value you bring to the company:


Confidence is key! Make sure you know the value your work brings to the company and don’t be afraid to speak about this in your meeting. 

Underselling yourself could result in your seniors feeling as though you aren’t confident enough in your work, or that you won’t take the chance for progression seriously enough. 

Be confident in yourself and the work you produce and make it known! 



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