Career advancement is an important part of professional growth, and there is no better time to consider this than during this phase of the new normal post-coronavirus. Just like every successful venture, you need a plan to advance your career. Whether your career goal involves progressing up the corporate ladder, taking on more responsibilities in your current role or pivoting to a new job, you need to have a plan that will guide you. Here are some tips to guide you through this journey.
Define What Your Personal Career Success Looks Like
Our definitions of career success are as different as our faces, so defining what success means to you and planning accordingly is important. Remember that there is no wrong way to define your success, whether this is to get to the highest position possible on the corporate ladder or to become an entrepreneur. As long as you create a definition/picture that you are excited for by yourself, you are well on your way to advancing your career.
Create Your Personal Career Goals and Timelines
This is the point where you begin taking necessary actions. Using the picture/vision of what career success is to you, you can now break that big picture into small goals tied to realistic timelines. You can create these goals using the SMART method or whichever goal setting method you are most comfortable with. What is important is that you define goals that you can be accountable to and keep track of. This will motivate you not to give up. Whenever you are faced with new opportunities, you can refer to these goals to ensure that you don’t veer off track.
Gather Relevant Professional Feedback
Feedback is a critical part of career advancement, as the diverse perspectives of different professionals and mentors will help you to consider new perspectives. This can enable you to improve on your goals and tweak them to become more realistic as the world and times change. Your peers can help you see and create innovative paths that will lead to achieving those goals, while superiors can advise you on the hurdles and possibilities you might face.
Request and Take Advantage of Your Network
Depending on the part of the world in which you are, some traditions might be restricting when discussing your future goals. Don’t let this hinder you. Strike up conversations with your friends, family and other reliable people in your support system who may be able to guide and assist you to the realization of your career advancement goals. Talk to them about your goals and ask them for advice that will simplify your career advancement journey. Even your managers can be resourceful in this stage, as they can advise you on ways to avoid making some possible mistakes.
In all of these, the bulk of the work lies in your hands, as you will need to do all the work, leading to the successful realization of your career goals. Depending on the size of your vision, your journey can be longer or shorter depending on the actions you take. Plan and execute effectively; we are rooting for you!
Ebere Akadiri is an accomplished entrepreneur and an advocate for women in leadership. Her passion to inspire others to achieve their goals drove her to found Rise and Lead Women along with her co-founder, Poonam Barua. Their mission is to inspire women to take the lead in closing the gender gap in workplaces and in business.