Looking to progress up the ladder?
Here are our top tips for successful career progression:
Get your manager on board
The person who is most likely to be able to assist you in your career progression within your current organisation is probably your manager, so schedule some time in with them, being upfront and clear about what you want to discuss.
Make sure you clearly tell your manager about your career goals and ask what opportunities there may be within the department or company as a whole. You want your manager to be on your side and champion your cause, so stay positive and professional. Agree together what changes can be made to your current role to suit your chosen path, and consider any other ways in which you can help each other.
Prepare and plan
Set yourself a goal of where you’d like to be in five years, get a really good understanding of what the role is or does, what skills and experiences are required. Research as many details about it as you can.
Create a personal action plan
Once you have a good idea of the role you want and what experiences you need to be able to get there, put together an action plan. Plan in any training courses you may wish to go on, and any other milestones along the way.
Get stuck in
Make an impression within your own organisation by volunteering to take on challenging projects and assignments. One of the best ways to advance your career is to identify an organisational problem and propose a workable solution. By offering to implement the solution, you will not only increase your visibility as a problem-solver in the organisation, but you might also expand your skills and credibility in the process.