What do you want to achieve?
Identify what you want to achieve in your career so that you can begin to formulate a plan and set realistic long-term and short-term goals for yourself.
Make your employer aware of your goals
Once you’ve identified what it is you’re looking to achieve, ensure your employer is aware. When was your last one to one and were you honest about what your career plans are? If it has been a while since you last had a one to one, you can request one. It’s always a good idea to have that honest, open conversation with your employer and set goals alongside them if you can with their support, that way you can have some reassurance in knowing that those goals are achievable with them.
Achieving your goals with your current employer
If you’re looking at taking the next step in your career, look at what you can be doing to show that you’re ready for progression. Look at how those above you got to where they are and the steps they took. Aim towards achieving symbiotic harmony with your employer and align your goals with theirs if possible. Look at whether there is scope to grow within the company. That doesn’t necessarily mean climbing the ladder in one area, you could look at other areas that you could diversify into as well, especially if you’re in a smaller company. Discuss if it’s something that your employer could offer and would be willing to support.
What can you do to prove your worth and show you’re ready to take the next step with your employer?
Make sure you are excelling in your current role first. What about supporting the wider team, being someone that everyone can rely on, showing initiative, sharing ideas or perhaps working towards the next qualification? Employers will have certain expectations from employees before they will invest heavily in their professional development. Remember that promotions aren’t given, they’re earned.
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