Climbing the Career Ladder
Sam Wilson, August 17, 2014
We all want to progress in our careers at some point. But at times, it’s not always clear what the best way of doing this is. In order to really speed up the process and make sure your career is going in the right direction, i.e. an upwardly one, take a look at our top tips for climbing the career ladder.
Decide on your Goal
Working towards your goal becomes a lot easier when you have a good idea of what it is. Ideally, you need to identify which role you would like to see yourself in within the next couple of years. This could be the natural next step up from the role you have now, but it could also be moving on to a slightly different role or career path altogether. If this is the case, you now need to start thinking about what transferable skills you are currently picking up that will help you move into a different role. Knowing not only that you want to progress but where you want to progress to allows you to set your sights on the end goal.
Sometimes, the best way to get a promotion is to ask for one. For some it will work straight away, for others it may be less successful. But regardless of the response of your boss, it will let them know that you’re serious about your role and want to make it into a career. Asking for a promotion on the spot may not always be the best tactic to take. A great idea to get the ball rolling is to make a plan with your manager, scheduling in when you will discuss promotion opportunities.
If opportunities aren’t arising for you soon enough, then you need to start creating your own. This could be in the form of starting your own business, which is a great idea if you have the knowledge and time to put behind it. However, you can generate opportunities for career enhancement without having to go it alone. Suggesting new projects and ideas in the workplace can lead to increased responsibility, as you will probably be put in charge of them. Don’t be afraid to share any ideas and suggestions that you have, showing how they will benefit the company and provide a return on investment.
Sitting and waiting for opportunities to be offered to you is not a good idea. If your company offers training or leadership schemes you should definitely be putting yourself forward. Is there a new project on the go that you could volunteer for? Does your boss need an extra pair of hands for some work? Is there something you’ve spotted that needs doing which you can put yourself in charge of? Those who volunteer and get themselves involved on their own accord are usually noticed for any big opportunities that come up.
Helping other members of staff with aspects such as training, using particular equipment or anything that you can shed some light on is a great idea to help turn the wheels of career enhancement. Not only will it help you become more involved in working with other people, it will raise your profile considerably. If you can become well-practised in being supportive, it will put you in good stead for a management role. Employers like it when their employees can work harmoniously together, so providing evidence of proactively doing this will help you move forward in your career.
Change it Up
While it’s great to have set goals, don’t be afraid to let the goal posts move, especially if it means progressing further. At times, people can be guilty of not taking chances or looking into alternatives because they’re reluctant to change their routine. If you feel career development isn’t going to happen for you in your current situation, the time to make a change could be upon you. This doesn’t have to be a huge one; it could be as simple as moving to a different department or asking to take on a slightly different role. Regardless of your current role, there are always other options for you.