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Rethinking Career Mobility

Up Is Not the Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International, is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the areas of career development and employee engagement and retention. Her newest book, published in September 2017, is Up Is Not the Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility. Bev will be presenting at ATD 2018 this May, so I asked her to speak with me about the topic of her session.


Here are some questions that Bev and I discussed during the podcast:

  1. Most people think that career development means getting promoted into a management position, but that isn’t the right move for everyone. What other options are available for people who want to grow their careers?
  2. How can people tell if moving into management is the right option for them?
  3. People often think that making a lateral move won’t look good on their resumes. How can they alleviate negative perceptions?
  4. What advice would you give to professionals who want to discuss career development with their manager? How can they open the conversation in a way that will be comfortable for both of them?
  5. What about for managers? What advice do you have for productive ways to discuss career development with their employees?

    For more information, be sure to attend Bev’s session at ATD 2018.

About the Author
Sue Kaiden is the manager for the Association for Talent Development’s Career Development Community. Prior to joining ATD, Sue held executive and consulting roles in the healthcare, IT, and nonprofit sectors before founding her career coaching firm, CareerEdge. In addition, she started a job search support program for unemployed and underemployed people in the Philadelphia area which she ran as a volunteer for 11 years. Through this program and her coaching practice, Sue helped hundreds of people find meaningful work. Sue is the author of  Keeping Your Career on Track (TD at Work) and the editor of Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing a Job You'll Love, a book written with 16 top-notch career coaches that is coming out in October 2016 . Sue holds an MBA from Cornell University, a BS from Miami University (Ohio), and is a certified Myers Briggs (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory practitioner.  
About the Author
Beverly Kaye is an internationally recognized authority on career issues, and retention and engagement in the workplace. She was named a “Legend” by ASTD, a designation given to “pioneers and prophets in the field of workplace learning and performance.” The criteria that Legends must meet are: enduring impact and influence; originality of ideas; a career of sustained currency; work done more than five years ago is currently discussed, applied, and adapted; a substantive body of published work; and a contribution that raises the visibility, credibility and stature of the field. She has also been named by Leadership Excellence as one of North America's 100 top thought leaders. As founder and CEO of Career Systems International, and a bestselling author on workplace performance, Kaye has worked with a host of organizations to establish cutting-edge, award-winning talent development solutions. Her first book, Up Is Not the Only Way (Davies Black) became a classic, and although it was published in the early 1980s it is still relevant today. In it she foresaw the effects that leaner, flatter organizations would have on individual careers and the subsequent need for workers to take charge of their own careers. Kaye also developed systems for managers and employees to work together to help employees achieve their developmental goals.
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