Rethinking Career Mobility
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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?
  1. How can people tell if moving into management is the right option for them?
  1. People often think that making a lateral move won’t look good on their resumes. How can they alleviate negative perceptions?
  1. 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?
  1. 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 senior project manager, credentialing for the ATD Certification Institute. In this role, she supports candidates throughout the decision and preparation process and manages recertification for APTD and CPTD credential holders. Prior to joining the CI team, she served as manager of the career development community at ATD where she oversaw content and services related to career development, including ATD's Job Bank.

She 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, published in October 2016. Kaiden holds a master of business administration degree from Cornell University and achieved the Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) in 2019.

About the Author

Beverly Kaye is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development, employee engagement, and retention. Her contribution to the field includes the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Love `Em or Lose `Em: Getting Good People to Stay, now in its sixth edition. Her recent books include Up Is Not the Only Way and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, which helps managers blend career conversations into their everyday routine. In 2018, ATD honored Beverly with a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing her contributions to the profession. The Association of Learning Professionals honored her with their 2018 Thought Leadership Award. In 2019, Beverly was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute for Management Studies.

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