#CareerGoals – Top tips for pacey progression

Sam Wilson, July 2, 2018

Sometimes, achieving our career goals can seem like something akin to climbing Everest – there’s a huge mountain in front of you and you’re not really sure how to even start climbing! However, in both cases it’s all about getting the right motivation in place, taking one step at a time and that summit will gradually get closer and closer. However, there are a few things that you can do to give your career climb that extra little boost – maybe getting you closer to the top that little bit quicker.

Find a mentor (or several) Much like the mountain climb (I realise the metaphor is getting a little tired now, much like your arms would be if…), there’s no point doing it all yourself if someone’s offering a helping hand. A mentor can give you advice, identify your strengths and weaknesses and guide you through the more challenging points in your career. This doesn’t necessarily have to be someone in the same occupation, or even the same industry, it just needs to be someone with knowledge and experiences that will help you grow as a professional and progress.

Say yes If you want to go far in your career, the words “that’s not in my job description” should not be in your vocabulary. Being the person in your team that your manager knows they can turn to whenever they need someone to help them can be massively beneficial to your future progression. Yes, it might mean that you end up having to do some more menial tasks sometimes, but it will also mean that you’re likely to be top of your manager’s list when it comes to a) more interesting work and experience and b) promotions. It is obviously important that you don’t end up being taken advantage of however, there’s a lot to be said for being the person that your manager knows they can rely on.

Network The old saying goes “it’s not about what you know, it’s WHO you know”. Obviously, this will never completely replace knowledge, skills and experience, however a strong network can play a big role in speeding up your career progression. Meet people at events, stay connected with old colleagues and connect with people you admire, or would like to work for, on LinkedIn. You never know which of your connections will provide you with your next opportunity.

Never stop reading So many of the more successful people are those that know that there is always more that you can learn. Reading books written by thought leaders in your industry, or blogs by leading companies can help you develop the way you think and stay on top of current trends and changes. Or, if reading isn’t your thing, there are so many podcasts, videos and webinars out there, Building your knowledge, understanding and thinking will not only help you in your current position (maybe setting you up well for that promotion), it will also set you up well for taking advantage of other opportunities that come along. So, these are our top tips for career progression. The final one would be – be patient! Whilst ambition is a wonderful thing, being overly pushy or desperate for promotion and progression – especially before it’s the right time – can actually damage your career and set you back. Be patient and wait for the right opportunities – you’ll thank yourself for it in the end.

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