How to progress within your career

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Most people think they have to change jobs every three years or so to get ahead. But you really do not have to move to a new job or company to progress within your career. Chances are, your current job offers challenges and opportunities you have not yet explored. The key to making progress in the workplace and in one’s career is to identify and take on developmental assignments. There are 3 types of progress within a company.

  1. A promotion

    A promotion means that you will still have to do the same work you have been doing so far but you will be on a new, most probably managerial, position and get more responsibilities. If getting a promotion is the way you want to progress within your career you need to be doing things beyond the scope of what you were hired to do, and you have to make your superiors aware that you're able to operate at a higher level than your current job. This means that you must show your boss you can handle a broader range of responsibilities. Not only have you nailed all the tasks that have been assigned to you, but you've also looked around, seen challenges faced by the organization, and found some solutions.

  2. Internal mobility

    If you feel like you are stuck at your current job position, don not really enjoy the daily tasks you have to perform but you like the company very much and you are getting along with your colleagues, try switching to a team that better suits your interests. Internal mobility, or the opportunity to move teams and roles within one organization, is still not as feasible an option as some may like it to be. Many employees think it would be beneficial for their careers to work in different parts of the organization, and future career opportunity is consistently one of the top reasons employees leave. By being moved to a different department, you will get the chance to explore your interests and learn more about your professional skills and broaden them, but still being in the same business environment that you like.

  3. Increase of responsibilities

    If you are the branch manager you probably do not need or want a promotion, however if your branch grows significantly, even if you are on the same position your job changes. You are given more and more responsibilities, you probably have a bigger team to manage, and you are participating more and more in the managerial decision-making process of the company, but you still receive the same salary. If that is the case, you should definitely have a chat with your supervisor. Your salary and job conditions should reflect the bigger role you are having in the organization now. Do not be afraid to ask your boss for a raise or better working conditions.