Choosing a career path especially right after graduation can be exciting and exhausting. We envy those who’ve always known what they wanted to do in life. They know their goals.
But, once the dust has settled and we finally find our calling, we breathe easier. However, that feeling doesn’t last because eventually, we feel like we are stuck in a job where our roles and responsibilities become displeasing. We start to ask ourselves, “Is this where I want to be for the rest of my life?”
Well, this is when setting a goal to climb the career ladder comes to the rescue. Goals give us drive and motivation. It gives us purpose. And for every working professional, reaching the top of that career ladder should be the goal.
Tips that will help us in climbing the ladder for our career growth.
What’s your Goal?
The first thing you have to do is ask yourself what you want to do in life, how to reach that goal, how long will it take and what you could do to make that happen.
Let us paint a picture for you:
Aurora wants to be a successful writer. She knows that she’d have to start from the bottom like everyone else. She becomes a content writer where she will have the opportunity to develop her writing skills. She enters poetry and story writing contests to put herself out there. She knows that in order to be where she wants to be, she needs to climb the career ladder to polish her skills. So, the next step is to be a senior content writer, then eventually be promoted to an editor-in-chief.
Now, once you have a clear blueprint, you’ll know your target and how to reach it.
Aim your Target:
Once you know your goal, it’s time to take aim. To do that you’d need to focus on the target and work hard to reach it. You would need to work smart.
Working smart simply means not wasting time on something that will distract you from reaching your target. For instance, plan and organize your work schedule and tasks. Challenge yourself and complete the hard tasks first. The harder and smarter you work, the closer you will get to reaching that goal. This will help you hit the first target to reach your goal, which is to impress your employers and let them see you as the hard working person that you are.
Learn everything about the Company and Industry:
To be at the top, you’d need to learn everything you can about the company and the industry you are working in. You need to know the ins and outs of the business. To achieve this target, you’d need to read and understand more.
One effective way to let your boss know that you are a capable person who deserves a promotion is to go beyond what’s expected of you and your role.
For career development, you need to sacrifice some of your time and energy to show initiatives. Try to know the ins and outs of the company so that when a crisis arises, you would be able to jump in and help.
When your coworkers ask you for help, as long as you have time to spare and know how to help, do so. This way, you will be able to get them to your side and when the time cones, they’ll only sing your praises.
Be excellent at something:
Be so excellent at something that you are the first person people come to when it comes to that particular skill. For instance, try to master Excel to the point that you are able to fix any issue that needs to be fixed. This way, you will stand out and be easily recognized by your boss. You would be projected as a resource that your employer can’t afford to lose.
To do this, you could invest your time to upskill yourself.
Be a Team Player:
If you want to climb the career ladder, you’d need allies who will be able to vouch for you, especially in instances where the promotion is between you and another person. Be a professional and positive person. Networking is also key.
Play the part of a professional:
This simply means that you must be professional at all times in the office. This includes practicing workplace etiquette and dressing smartly. This will also boost your confidence as well as your chances of getting promoted.
We hope the above mentioned tips help you in climbing the ladder of success in your career.