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Discussing your EDP with your Leader

Questions you may be asked during a conversation with your leader:

  • What are you looking for in terms of job satisfaction? 
  • If you could do anything you want in terms of a career, what would it be? 
  • What are your goals? 
  • Do you want to change jobs but stay in the same field? Or a totally new career? 
  • What steps are necessary to have control over your situation? How can you position yourself to succeed? 
  • What are your areas of greatest strength? What areas need improvement? 
  • Are you hoping for promotional opportunities? 
  • What is the present situation? 
  • What are your obstacles, both internal and external? 
  • What have you done so far? 
  • What are some of your achievements? 
  • How do you want your career to develop? What constraints do you see? 
  • What resources do you have available to you?

Questions specific to course/conference/class: 

  • How will taking this class/course/conference fit into your career plans?
  • What are your other options?
  • What are the plusses and minuses of each choice?
  • What other things might you consider doing to meet your goals?
  • What could you do to learn besides taking classes through Professinal & Organizational Development (POD)?
  • What about strengthening some other skills?
  • Are you seeking a leadership position in your future plans?
  • How will this class enhance your abilities?
  • Have you developed a timeline to complete this work?
  • Who else needs to be involved? How will they be affected? How will you gain their support?
  • How can you pursue this course and maintain your current workload?
  • How do you plan to apply the knowledge you gain through training?
  • Is this the best fit for your goals, or are there other possibilities?
  • On a scale of one to ten, what is the likelihood that you will do this? If it’s less than a 7, do you really have the motivation to do the necessary work?

Follow-up Questions (after the training is completed):

  • What did you learn? 
  • How will you use this training in the future? 
  • Did you encounter unexpected obstacles? 
  • Will you be able to use this training immediately? 
  • How will you put your new knowledge to work? 
  • What are your next steps? 
  • Is it time to develop a new EDP?