Progressing in your career is important for yourself and for your bank account, but make no mistake – your employer doesn’t owe you anything. You need to take the initiative and go after the promotions you want, and to work hard to ensure that you qualify for those promotions both in work history and in terms of knowledge. Even if you do everything right, you might be passed over again and again, or you might be denied a raise again and again. That’s life, but by following this guide you can improve your qualifications, show your initiative, and prove how dedicated you are to achieve your goals.
If your employer passes you up after proving yourself to be a stellar employee, well, you have all the qualifications and experience necessary to find a better position somewhere else.
Before you get too ahead of yourself, however, you will first want to master these steps:
Ask for Career Advice
It can be difficult to start any path without a map, and therefore the best way to start your career advancement journey is by finding someone who can act as your career mentor, or even just provide you with a quick suggestion on how to get started. You can do this by using a career counsellor or just by contacting someone who has your dream job to see if they can give you any advice on how to get started.
Gain the Necessary Qualifications
Gaining the right qualifications is easier than ever with the sheer amount of resources available. For those who want to be trained professionally and gain real-world experience in their field, for example, you have Arc Training at your disposal. These training courses are ideal if you wish to get involved in business, retail, supply chains, or even NGOs.
There are so many ways to continue learning and developing, and many of them are free. Some free resources that you can enjoy include:
- News articles
- Free reports and white papers
- Online courses
Of course, the best material will often be hidden behind a paywall. If you wish to have access to quality news and insights, then you will likely need to pay for a subscription. If you want to gain access to cutting edge research, you will need to pay (or have your company pay) for the reports. Even online courses which can be completed for free have a paid model, which, if you want to add to your repertoire or resume, are highly recommended.
Take on More Responsibilities
When it comes to actually progressing in your career, a great way is to simply ask for more responsibilities. Taking on these extra responsibilities will allow you to learn on the job more managerial responsibilities and give you many opportunities to prove yourself to your employers and manager. When taking on these extra responsibilities, however, it is important that you don’t neglect your main duties. Find a healthy combination instead.
Ask for that Promotion
If you end up taking on a managerial role, without being promoted, you can then easily go to your employer and ask for the official promotion. You have proved yourself, shown your initiative, and are the ideal candidate for the role. If they cannot provide a full-on promotion for whatever reason, you should then ask for a raise. To improve your chances of achieving either the promotion and the raise, or just the raise, try reading up on this guide.Know When to Leave (If Applicable)
Not every employer will acknowledge the effort you put in, and that is okay. Once you have determined that your career has stagnated and that your employer has no intention of allowing you to progress, you can then safely start seeking out a new position. Be careful when reading job descriptions. It is very likely that you can apply for a higher ranking position than you think you can.
It can be difficult to change how you live your life, but if you have big dreams in mind for yourself, then you must take advantage of every single day. You can achieve a lot if you only advance a little a day, because a little is better than doing nothing at all. Start by enrolling in the right program, and follow up by staying up to date with the news, reports, white papers, and even podcasts that interest you. What you learn doesn’t even have to be directly related to your job, but do try to learn a little every day.