Career Advancement is a Process
Times have changed—the days when you’d work for one organization for 30 years and climb the ladder slowly but surely by sticking around until an opportunity emerged are gone. That means you call the shots; being thoughtful and proactive about your career allows you to shape how and when you advance.
Start by defining what success looks like for you and what specific goals you have for your career. These actions can be the basis for a plan, which may change as circumstances do, but nevertheless give you something to aim for.
People who successfully move ahead in their career do certain things on an ongoing basis. They seek out and consult with mentors or peers (inside and outside of their organization), constantly build and cultivate a network, join professional organizations, and dedicate themselves to learning—through online classes, on-the-job training, massive online open courses (MOOC), etc. They also regularly seek feedback and put it into action, do great work and keep a record of their accomplishments and impacts, and ask for more responsibility.
Evaluating Your Career
Evaluate Your Career & Plan for What’s Next
Write them down.
Make some notes about what you like about your job and what you don’t. Consider things like the kinds of tasks you do at work, as well as workplace environment and culture. What makes you happy at work and what makes you anxious? Need help? Take the Work Values quiz.