6 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

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If you’re looking to further your career but don’t know where to start then don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. Taking the step to further your career can be incredibly scary, but it could be one of the best decisions you make once you know the steps you need to take to get to where you want. With that in mind, here are 6 ways to take your career to the next level:

Research The Skills You Need

One of the best things you can do when looking to further your career is researching the skills you need for the role you want. Whilst you may find you’re a long way off, it will give you a starting point to be able to work out what you need to do in order to reach your goals. Alternatively, you may discover you have all of the skills you need to progress into the role you want, giving you a clear indication you’re ready for a promotion.

Ask For A Promotion

Although this is probably scary for most, asking for a promotion in your current company is one of the most effective ways to progress your career. If your current management isn’t aware that you want to move up the career ladder, you may miss out on any upcoming opportunities to progress. If there are no current positions, it gives you a good chance to prove your worth until something comes up.

Take On Extra Responsibility At Work

If you want to show your current employers that you’re the best person for a promotion, taking on a little extra responsibility can’t hurt. Whilst you need to know where to draw the line between doing too much for free and showing your worth, regularly going the extra mile is a great way to get noticed.

Take Local Courses And Workshops To Further Your Skills

If you find you need to improve your skills in order to gain the position you want, try finding out whether or not you can attend any local courses and workshops. Whilst you may not gain an accredited qualification from attending a local workshop, you will be able to prove that you have had enough training to progress your role in the company. Taking short courses in learning new programming languages, for example, will help you identify the best tech job opportunities to grab. 

Consider Doing An Online Masters Degree

If you want to improve your skills and take your career to the next level, you may want to consider doing a masters degree. Whilst it often means uprooting your life to study in a new city, an online degree will allow you to study from where ever you like. For more information, you can visit this link here – IMC graduate program.

Apply For Positions Above The Level You’re Currently At

Finally, applying for positions that are above the level you’re currently at is a great way to show that you’re willing to learn the skills you need in order to succeed in a roll. Whilst you may not get invited to every single interview, you may find that one company is willing to take a chance on you.

 

Are you looking to further your career? What changes can you make to ensure it happens? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

25 thoughts on “6 Ways To Take Your Career To The Next Level

  1. Great tips! I’m currently about to ask for a raise & i am a little nervous but I know that I deserve it!

  2. Excellent advice! I work with college students and have mentored a number of young people over the years and recommend many of these points. In fact, I’m putting some into practice. Just started an online masters degree program. Thanks for this valuable insight!

  3. You have some excellent tips on how to get promoted. I have found that by going the extra mile kind of works in two ways. Yes taking on extra responsibility does get you noticed. But once the boss knows what you are capable of, you can often get taken advantage of. But it does give you leverage for when you want to ask for a promotion!

  4. I agree that it’a important to keep learning. There are so many opportunities online to improve your skills or learn new ones.

  5. You hit the nail on the head with these tips. I am retired now but I remember how taking on extra responsibility really helped my career.

  6. Asking for that promotion can be very scary. I know that was the scariest thing when my husband was wanting to move up within his company. He just had to get passed that fear and ask for what he felt he deserved. The worst thing that could happen was that they said “no”.

  7. I love these tips. I work from home, so I don’t ask for promotions, but I do know my worth so if a company wants me to work for them and they give me a low cost, I will fight for myself. I think that’s important.

  8. taking courses is definitely the best way t improve your skills. This way you can offer a lot more to your audience7customers. The problem with that is finding the time to actually attend the course.

  9. These are all great. My best personal advice is to do what makes you happy and do more of it. That might mean working more hours, taking on more responsibility, and applying to higher level positions. Or that might be doing exactly what you’re doing and the evolution naturally happens where you find yourself getting promoted, being given more responsibilities and teaching others how to do what you love so much.

  10. Wow. this is perfect. My cousin has just completed her degree and she needed a few advices for starting her first ever job. I will share this post to her. Thx!

  11. Love the tips!! I’m always doing research and I actually signed up for an entrepreneurship course online recently!!

  12. These are great tips for someone in the workplace! I have my dream job and get to stay home and raise my kiddos.

  13. Great tips! I currently work for myself but when I used to have a regular job asking for a promotion was so nerve-racking! My strategy was to take more responsibility and keep up to speed with all my tasks. I’m happy and grateful for having the opportunity to work from home.

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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