How should I approach career progression?

May 13, 2012 | Topics: , , , , , | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

I’ve been working in the same job for about two years. For the last 6 months, I feel as if I have outgrown my current position and don’t see any room for growth. I enjoy my job and the people I work with, but I feel like I need to make the next move in my career. How should I move forward?

Career growth is best achieved if you can pursue it where you are. Look around your current workplace and find out if there is any other work or positions you would be interested in doing. If you do find other positions or work then create a plan with your boss to start taking on assignments to ready you for that work. Volunteer to fill in. Generally, growth only comes if you go after it, so you have to be the one to make it happen. Don’t wait for management to recognize your talents.

You also should be looking around your own area of responsibility to see what problems exist that aren’t being addressed and solve them. When management sees you using your initiative and taking on work that hasn’t been given to you they will be impressed and are likely to want to reward you with new assignments or jobs. However, if you have done that and the conclusion is there is nothing more for you to do then it is time to move on to another workplace.

When you are starting a job search and you are employed it can be difficult to keep your job search separate from your current workplace, but you will need to block out time on your personal calendar to work on your job search. You will also have to figure out when you can work day time activities like phone calls and interviews. It can be done but the process will take longer than if you are unemployed and could work on it during the day. The good news is you currently have a job so finding the time for a job search for a more challenging position is worth figuring out.

If you are seeking career assistance please contact Rosie at Positive Goals & Solutions today, for an exploration of what’s possible for you.  Mobile 0414 511 455 or

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