These days the jobs market and careers are more competitive than ever. With more people going for the same positions and opportunities you need to be able to take the initiative yourself and propel your career trajectory upwards. But how to do this? Well, that’s the question we’re addressing here today and we are going to look at 5 ways to take charge of your career advancement.
Have A 5 Year Plan
The first thing you need to do is to know where you are trying to get to. Going into anything without a roadmap is a bad idea, you’ll get lost and flounder in the lower levels of career advancement. So a 5-year plan is a great tool, it sets an end aim, which could be a salary level or it could be a job position you would like, whatever it is it’s important to identify it and map out the steps needed to get there.
It’s who you know, not what you know, you’ve heard this phrase, right? Well, there’s some truth in it, making good connections can be key to career success. You never know when an old contact may tip you off about a job opening or, even better, recommend you. A good number of jobs are indeed filled without being advertised and it’s through connections that you’ll get these positions.
Make Education A Priority
No matter how hard you work or how many good contacts you make you find yourself bumping up against a glass ceiling due to a lack of appropriate qualifications. Yes, you may have a bachelor’s degree but have you thought about going for some post-graduate qualifications, such as an MBA or even a PhD? If you do be sure to research and prepare your application thoroughly, from taking time over the application to knowing which PhD interview questions to ask.
Look For Advancement In Your Current Organization
You’ll never be successful unless you are bold. Don’t just sit back lamenting when others gain positions and promotions ahead of you. Approach your bosses and ask what your advancement chances are? You will find out what they think of you and, more importantly, what you need to do to get ahead next time an opportunity arises. If nothing else it gets you on their radar as someone who wants to get ahead.
Think About Making Your Own Way
If after going through all of the above options it seems like you are still not getting anywhere then why not consider making your own success. You will have gained huge amounts of invaluable work experience and you could put this to good use by deciding to start your own business. This allows you to do things your own way and make what you deserve. There are always other options such as freelance work and consulting where you can make much more than being on salary if you get the right jobs in.