I career coach and mentor some colleagues that work at the same company as I do.
A few weeks ago I was at a job fair and bumped into one of my coachees. We're yet to have one of our scheduled sessions but I don't know how to bring up and navigate the subject of them potentially wanting to leave the company or even if I should. It wasn't awkward at all (for me) when we met at the fair, but i'm conscious that we haven't discussed it since and don't want to accidentally make it awkward for them during our up-coming session.
Should I bring up the accidental meet and if so how should I navigate the conversation without making them feel awkward? How do I bring the conversation around to being productive and positive for their career?
We have a friendly relationship and we're able to talk candidly, I'm just very cautious about making them feel uncomfortable and slightly conflicted about potential advice or direction to steer the conversation in. Also note that I do not directly manage them and that I myself am not actively looking for a new job and was there just out of curiosity. Thanks!