Career progression often relies on identifying what your perfect job role would be and working towards it.
Many people believe that there is no such thing as the ‘perfect job’ because each role comes with difficulties. But by recognising key themes and factors that make you happy in a job role, you can work towards securing the perfect job.
It could be that you are looking to progress in your current company or that you want to make a change. Either way, if you keep in mind what you want you will be able to progress towards a role that both makes you happy and rewards you intellectually.
Here are a few things to consider;
Look back at your CV – are there any jobs that stand out because of the company’s beliefs or working culture? This is really important in increasing job satisfaction. If you work for an organisation that you believe in you are more likely to progress.
If you’re looking for career progression there isn’t much point in working in a position that is stagnant. Think about whether there are obvious progression steps. Is there a management role? How long would it take you to get there? Can you take on more responsibilities then you have previously had?
Your working environment is crucial to your progression. If you are surrounded by like-minded people and you enjoy their company you are more likely to work harder towards promotion. A good working environment will also encourage longevity in the position.
Negotiating salary can be difficult but if you are looking to progress within your current company you need to know if there is room to improve financially. Although salary isn’t everything, you need to know this will be able to progress too as this will cultivate brand loyalty.
Looking for a job is a daunting task but when you finally get one it’s fantastic. What is even better is when you find a job that you really believe in and you enjoy. If you have a chosen an industry that you want to stay in ensure you gain good work experience and build up your CV to ensure you continue to enjoy the work.