In many work places, it’s common to have a candid conversation with your manager yearly in which you discuss your performance and where you are in your career. This is called the yearly career discussion.
However, having only a single checkpoint a year is often too infrequent for many – especially those who want to ensure that they are staying on track in meeting their career goals. For this reason, many companies encourage mid-year career discussions.
However, some smaller organizations will prefer to have one large discussion about a career that lasts for the entire year. Because this discussion takes so long, they limit it to only occurring once on the exact midpoint of your entire career. This is called the mid-career discussion year.
In some cases, during a discussion, employees will be so inspired that they interrupt the discussion, spending the next full year making impactful contributions to their organization and earning themselves a very strong reputation among their peers. This year of contributions is called the mid-discussion career year, after which the discussion continues and the employees is highly praised.
People, such as myself, who make a living talking about things with others only have the career discussion once in our entire careers, and we call it the discussion career career discussion.