Ever think about what’s next? Not for the industry, but for you?
Have you thought about where you want to be in a year? In five? Ten? Even if you have asked yourself that question, have you thought about how you are going to get there? If not, you need too.
Remember how in school you would be able to look around, see who is working hard and who isn’t? This normally correlated with who moved on to be successful and who stayed where he or she was, right? Nowadays, you look around work and see everyone working hard wonder to myself, “how the heck am I going to separate myself?”
Sure, you want to be promoted once or twice over the next few years and you probably imagine yourself making a lot more money in the future, but here’s the thing you need to realize…so does the guy and girl next to you. So do the guy and girl in the company next door.
Once you start your career there should be no one more interested in your career development than yourself. You need to take the initiative, take your career by the horns and steer it in the direction you want it to go. You will have mentors along the way, but even they can only give advice and opinion; whether you do what they recommend is entirely up to you.
Good companies expect a lot out of their employees; therefore, you need to work extra hard to get noticed and move up. On top of your maxed out workload, here are a four things to help you get ahead.
- Education – Going back to school speaks volumes about a person’s drive. However, don’t think because you get a master’s degree you have a straight shot of being promoted. It’s not so much the degree in your boss’s eye, but the motivation and worth ethic to get it.
- Improve Your Job – Sometimes it’s not about you; it’s about your company. This may not come as a surprise to you, but your company enjoys saving/earning money. Take a hard look at not only how your company is operating, but also what our company is offering. Find what process you can make more efficient or what product you can create. You will not only be doing your job, but help benefit the company.
- Say Yes – When someone on your team or your boss needs help – offer to help. Even if you don’t think you can. As cheesy as it sounds, “don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.” You’ll be amazed at what you can do. I promise.
- Smile – Never let your boss see you upset. Even if you get slammed with work and you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep smiling and keep moving because even if your boss doesn’t say it, he or she has been there too. He or she knows that feeling and if they see you smiling and not getting discouraged, he or she will take notice.
I can’t assure you’ll get a promotion if you do the above, but I can tell you they will give you an edge. They will help you make it to the next level. You can’t simply assume you deserve a promotion because you’ve been somewhere a specific number of years. You have to earn it.
Have you moved up and gotten a promotion? What did you do that you think made a difference?