Advancing Your Career the Right Way in 2019

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We all have dreams, ambitions and goals that we have set up for ourselves. What you do to achieve all this is however something not easy. After investing so much time in your current job, receiving good performance reviews and even creating a good working relationship with your boss, you still feel like you are not growing career-wise. That promotion is just long overdue, so what do you do? Here are 6 ways to advance your career when you feel the management is not really helping.

  1. Improve your skills.

This could easily be the reason why you are not getting that promotion, you need the right skills for that new position. If you are working towards a management position, it is advisable to take a management course, this way you are more empowered to deal with the new challenges. You could be good at what you need now but need new skills for the new role, these skills could be as simple as building relationships.


2. Build relationships.

Networking is a really good way to grow your career, you get a chance to meet and interact with people in your line of work and expand your views and approach on your understanding of different issues. Don’t just focus on people who do the same as you, broaden your skills and knowledge by also interacting with people from different industries. You can use these relationships to move up the ladder, even get a new offer sometimes.

  1. Consider changing departments.

If you feel like there are no growth opportunities in your department, consider moving to a different one. This could mean learning a new set of skills, be open-minded about this. You can even go the extra mile and take classes, this way you more exposed and have different skills. In case of any openings for promotion, you will definitely be considered.


4. Prove you can handle a promotion.

You can volunteer to help your manager with some tasks and learn to do them well. For example, help with organizing small campaigns in the marketing department. You end learning so much and even experiencing something that is out of your comfort zone. Take up small roles and tasks even without any financial benefits, this way you let your manager know that you are worth that promotion and are not scared to go the extra mile.

  1. Never stop learning.

Join industry associations, clubs and affinity groups, such as corporate women’s or minority networks. Reach out to colleagues and industry peers, with a goal of helping them as much as they help you. Networking for the sake of networking won’t really help, go the extra mile.


  1. Consider other offers.

It probably is time to consider changing jobs, if you have at your current job for so long and you feel like it’s taking you too long to get that promotion. You could probably get a better offer and even a better chance of growing.



Sarah Wangari