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Discussing Career Expectations

1.

Purpose:  To help the ratee refine their career expectations

a.

A routine part of every performance feedback session should include a discussion on the ratee’s career expectations.  Remember that in many cases, the ratee is still very impressionable.  They may not have established a clear set of expectations; that’s where you come into play.  

b.

Your career expectations will not be the same as the ratee’s.  While you may desire to reach the rank of MSgt, they may be setting their goal on making SrA.  Retirement may be one of your expectations; going to the club on Friday may be theirs.

2.

How to do it:

a.

Qualify the prospect:  This means you need to look for anything that would potentially influence the ratee’s career decision.  To do this, you need to open the lines of communication.  By doing so, you’ll also be subliminally addressing some of the benefits and entitlements of continued service.  The following may help:

1.

When talking to a single airman, consider the following questions:

a.

Do you have any hobbies?  What are they?

b.

How do you like living in the dorms?

c.

How do you feel about moving from place to place every few years?

d.

Do your parents support your career?

2.

When talking to an airman who’s married, try these:

a.

Do you have children?

b.

Does your spouse work outside of the home?

c.

Do you live on base?

d.

How does your spouse feel about the Air Force

e.

What are your thoughts about medical care?

3.

Nondescript questions for either group:

a.

What are your ambitions?

b.

What type of work do you like?

c.

Do you like your present assignment?  Present Job?

d.

If not, what would you change?

e.

Are you interested in off-duty education?

f.

Have you held full-time jobs in the civilian sector?

g.

How important is job security to you?

h.

Do you like the people you work with?

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