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Taking Career Progression Into Your Own Hands

By Careers Desk

Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Waiting around for a promotion to come your way? You could be waiting a long time! No matter what industry you work in, jobs can be competitive, and promotions are very rarely handed out on a whim - they need to be worked at. 

If there aren’t any opportunities coming your way, you need to create them. Help work towards your future and take progression into your own hands with the following tips.

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Discuss your development

If you’re serious about progressing in your career, then it’s important to focus on your development. Having a discussion with your manager can help them realize your ambitions and give you guidance on how to progress. To help you get the most out of your conversation, you need to be prepared. Some useful tips for a successful conversation about your development include taking notes and practicing what you’re going to say. A good manager should support your development and help agree on your next steps.

Take on additional training

If you want to take the next step in your career, some additional training can be useful. Undertaking some training courses could help you learn some additional skills to boost your next job application. Higher education is another option if you want to add further expertise to your experience. Studying for online finance masters degree can be done while working to help you manage your work and career. Some companies will pay for training and education that benefits your role, so it’s worth checking with your manager to see if you qualify for one of these schemes.

Work towards new opportunities

Pushing yourself at work can help you get noticed, adding to your experience and growing your skills. Many businesses allow employees to shadow different roles, which can be an effective way of gaining the experience you need. It’s important to take advantage of different opportunities that become available to help show that you’re committed to your development.

Volunteering for different projects can help give you a new challenge while working towards your professional development. If you’re looking for ways to get closer to your career goals, start networking within your company to help identify new and exciting opportunities that you can be a part of.

Know when it’s time to move on

If moving up the career in your current company isn’t an option, then perhaps it’s time to start looking elsewhere. Sometimes it’s essential to seek new opportunities in a new business to help you realize your full potential. Make sure your resume is up to date and start practicing your interview skills - it will help give you added confidence when it comes to trying for jobs. Leaving a company can be difficult, but if the opportunities aren’t there, you need to start moving on.

Whatever the ambitions for your career, you can’t wait around for things to happen. Your progression largely relies on your own efforts, so if there’s a step you want to take - make it happen! 

Taking Career Progression Into Your Own Hands

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