Ph.D. students & postdocs discuss sensitive issues with career counseling appointments. But what level of confidentiality can university career and professional development staff offer? Quite a lot actually, and that’s an important factor in building trust.
Last time, I covered the #1 hurdle that can trip you up while going out the door: Your boss. Now let’s talk about the next two on the list: 2) You, and your expectations about ‘leaving well’, and 3) your (unhappy) colleagues.
It’s important to realize that from the moment you say you’re resigning, you’ve entered a continual negotiation phase, where you’re negotiating with your boss, your colleagues and your clients for the limited amount of time you have left. At a time when employees think they’re winding down, things actually get more intense. Here’s how I’ve seen people manage it well.
A few years ago, right before Thanksgiving, a student came in for a counseling appointment. Since she wasn’t sure that she wanted to continue on a career path in the biomedical sciences, she was dreading of the coming conversations about school. Talking to people abut our career path – or deflecting those conversations – can be a tricky thing. I have six strategies to handle conversations about your career over the holidays.
One of the most valuable professional skills to develop is the ability to help a coworker solve their own problem. Knowing how to support others on your team without compromising your own well being is practically an art. The next time a colleague sits down and starts recounting their latest problem, respond skillfully. Here’s what I’ve seen work.