You’ve just got a job you love in an industry you want to work in; you’re over the moon. That being said, you probably don’t want to stay in the same position forever, you want to progress. Some careers will have clear progression routes, and in others, the push might be up to you.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
A key question to ask yourself is: “Where do I want to be and what do I want to be earning in 5 years’ time?”
Whilst 5 years may seem a long way off from just starting your new job, it’s important to consider your ultimate aims and ambitions – this will help you set your short term goals.
Make a plan.
Having a plan is crucial. From the start of your career to last stages of your working life. Planning will be one of the most important tools in your career progression – it helps you manage progress, encourages you to make decisions and remain flexible. In short, if you want to achieve your goals, you have to set them first.
Work Towards The Position, Promotion Or Pay You Want.
Setting goals often means making important life changes and introducing new habits – and this can be challenging. Try to do something every day, no matter how small it may seem, that gets you closer to your target.
If you’re feeling brave, try sharing your goals with your colleagues, peers and managers, let them see that you’re actively striving for improvement.
Create A Valuable Network.
Networking is about establishing and nurturing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with the people in and outside of your industry. Take time to meet people and make connections – put yourself out there.
Networking opportunities are all around you and the most connected people are often the most successful. When you invest in your relationships, it can pay you back in dividends allowing you access to the resources that will foster your career development.
Find A Mentor.
A good mentor can inspire, connect and develop you. They can open your mind and share vital experience that will not always be available to you at this point in your career. They can help you develop the strengths you’ll need to succeed in your career.
Ask For Feedback
Always ask for feedback. Not just for what you’re doing well, but also for what you’re not doing well. Feedback helps you understand what you can improve. It’s an opportunity to evaluate your progress and make any changes needed to ensure you are on track to achieving your desired career.
The most important part of reaching your goals and progressing in your career is getting started. There is no magic or secret formula – it’s all down to you!