Many life-long workers feel disillusioned at times, the feeling that you are growing stagnant in a role growing over time. The need to progress in your career is an understandable one, but it can sometimes be difficult to know how to advance in your field, reaching those higher pay brackets and providing you with greater financial security. However, not to fear, we are here to help; here are our 5 top ways to progress in your chosen career!
Look for Opportunities to Add to Your Current Job RoleIf you feel as if you aren’t being recognized at work, try volunteering your services; a proactive approach is sure to attract the attention of your superiors and work colleagues, setting you up as an enthusiastic employee and an asset to the company. You never know, this may lead to you been given new, more exciting job prospects that are in that higher pay bracket and which are ultimately more rewarding than your current job role. For example, if you work in journalism, try taking on a story that no-one else wants to cover or put yourself up for market researching tasks which may spill over into out-of-work hours; again, this will show that you are willing to go beyond the call of duty to aid a company.
Don’t be a “Lone Wolf”
Working in many companies is a team experience, with each employee relying on their fellow colleagues to help optimize performance and build a company. Sitting at your desk and refusing to communicate with anyone else is not only unfriendly but also potential detrimental to your career growth as well; because of this, make sure that you network effectively with others working at your company, contacts will always benefit you in your future, especially in application processes where references are like gold dust to employers! If you are looking to move up in a company, become friendly with your boss and colleagues, whilst emphasizing the fact that you are willing to undertake tasks that others might want to neglect, and that you are willing to work outside of work to achieve your best; you’ll be on the fast-track to career success in no time!
Don’t Always “Follow the Money”
Obviously, if you are in employment, your salary is of the upmost importance as it supports your livelihood! However, going for a job role that pays more, but will result in considerably more stress is not always a good idea, even if it is a massive upgrade from your current role (in terms of money). Health should always be your main concern in life and if a position will cause you considerable grief, then it is not worth the risk! If you enjoy your role in a company, but are not earning enough to get by on a day-to-day basis, try asking your boss about potentially getting a raise. You need not be rude or arrogant about this; simply explain your current situation, that you work hard for the company and would like to remain working for an employer but the current salary being offered is not ideal. You never know, you might end up being offered a similar job within the company for more money; if you don’t ask then you don’t get.
Change Your Professional Image
If you aren’t getting where you want in a company, try changing your appearance, not just physical traits but personal ones as well. For example, try giving an impression of confidence when making decisions and adopting a ‘can do’ approach towards every situation; positivity can go a long way, with fellow employees and employers sure to take notice. Dressing professionally can also have a positive impact; opting for a clean, smart dress sense help to reinforce the confidence you exhibit and can will others to follow your lead, perhaps seeing you as a leader (a big plus for career progression!).
There is little else more useful to the disillusioned employee than constructive feedback from their boss. It can be incredibly helpful, with areas of improvement being laid out helping you to become a better worker, and will hopefully lead to a brighter career future! Don’t be afraid to ask your boss or other colleagues; most of the time, they will be happy to give their opinion on how you are performing at the company, and how you might go about improving yourself or conducting yourself in a more professional way. Just remember not to take any ‘negative’ comments personally; it’s important to see yourself as other see you!
George is a 22-year-old graduate from Cardiff University, having studied Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, where he wrote news articles and interest pieces for various student magazines. He currently lives just outside of Birmingham, playing records and DJing in his spare time.