Imagine you are in a career where you never advance. It’s been twenty years, and you are still doing the same task you did when you got hired. You then wake up and realize it was just a nightmare!
While it may sound seemingly dramatic, finding yourself in a career where you never get promoted, never take on more responsibility or grow as an individual is not a good situation to find yourself in. For some, this is a real-life nightmare situation. Luckily, there are certain tips and tricks you can follow that will help you progress in your career. The three notable ones are education, experience, and lastly, interpersonal skills. All three of these factors are incredibly important, and must thus be kept in mind.
In order to get a job in the first place, most people attend school and college. Some may have switched your majors a few times along the process but eventually will have graduated and found work in the real world. Imagine that you have followed a similar path, and five years have passed, yet you are still in the same spot where you started. One option for career advancement is to go back to school. Additional education can help you gain expertise and give you an edge in the job market. The new skills you are learning in the classroom will benefit your workplace, and you can gain a higher position in your company as a result of it.
Some career paths also require the additional education to even apply. In order to become a knowledgeable and successful teacher that can instruct at the college level, you may want to consider a Doctorate of Education degree program. You need to become an expert in the educational system, and a doctorate is the way to do so. Thus, additional education will not only advance a career but open up new career paths altogether.
When you initially graduate college, the type of job you will find yourself in should differ to the one that you do ten years down the line. Your first job will be lower paying, and a big part of this is due to your level of experience. If you don’t find yourself progressing in one company, you still have job experience, which you can take and apply to a different organization. The more experience you have, the higher the likelihood of obtaining a bigger paying job with a bigger title. This is the very reason that getting a summer internship, especially while still attending college, is incredibly important. School can help start the process, and then you need real life experience to back up your knowledge.
Interpersonal skills are a quality that almost everyone has either mentioned on their resume or in a job interview. This refers to the ability to communicate with people, and your ability to do it well. There is a reason almost all job posting have this as a required skill as well, given that it is incredibly important in an organization. A successful day at your job will require you to communicate with people. Even in the interview process, you have received the job due to your education, experience, and your ability to communicate. No matter how solitary your career path is, the ability to communicate will take you far, and it will further help advance your career, given that it will even help you sell yourself, when necessary and appropriate.
Following these three tips and tricks will help you advance your career. There will be other factors that contribute to it, such as your own personal skill level, among others, but these three factors are crucial to remember.