Do you want to increase your earning power and ensure career progression? Waiting and hoping will not get you there. Unsure of where to start? Read for tips on career development, including how to start your strategizing.
What you must know about career progression
Climbing the corporate ladder, getting ahead, going up the ranks – however way you choose to say it, career progression should be part of your career planning. In fact, before you secure a job you should already have a map of how you want your career pathway to be like.
For starters, your career progression will largely depend on how well you manoeuvre it with the correct planning. Rightfully so, Malaysian employees value career progression over financial rewards based from the report done by Michael page.
Career progression will involve you reassessing your job role along with how your skills have progressed (or not). If your skill have progressed yet you are still at the same role or level, it's time to for you to do something about it.
How to create a career development plan?
1. Determine the career direction to pursue
Before you can strategize where and how your career looks like down the road, you’ll first have to decide the career path you want. This step may require you to set aside some time to really think about your career goals along with your personal life priority. While you are sorting all those, now is also the time to think about your core values. This is because it will also determine the type of role and boundaries you will and won’t cross in your career. Core values are a set of beliefs, ideals or practices that will determine how an individual conduct their life, both personally and professionally. Additionally, an individual’s core values will determine how they allocate resources, make important decisions and grow.
2. Develop structured career goals
Now that you’ve done the ground work in laying down where you want your career direction to go, it’s time to strategize. In order for you to successfully reach your goals, you will definitely need a strategy. When it comes to your career development, having the “go with the flow” attitude won’t suffice. Setting your priorities right will help you to focus. For example, you would like to be in a leadership role within 5 years from now. If that is your priority, you can then start setting out steps towards reaching it. The key here is to be specific and prioritise in order to help your stay ahead of the career curve. Remember to down your goals into small, achievable tasks to increase opportunities of accomplishing them and feeling motivated to take on other goals.
3. Speak Up
Similar to how you have annual appraisals, you should also be doing the same for the organisation you work with. Assess your role and job scope annually to determine if you are receiving adequate support and training to grow and develop. If that is not the case, the first course of action is to speak up by having a discussion with your immediate superior. A tip is for you to express your desires and goals positively, for example, instead of saying “I don’t have support here”, you can phrase it as, “I would like to be mentored.”
4. Up Your Game
Networking is not a social past time, but is necessary when it comes to your career. You know how the saying goes,
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”
Although your skills and abilities will play a big role in career progression, broadening your connections can open doors to new opportunities and career growth.
This is why the larger your network is means you have more access to opportunities. If you are not a social person, fret not. The key to good networking is not in the amount of business cards you can exchange, rather it is about holding conversations. Master the art of introductions and establishing your credentials without being cocky about it. Remember, keep it short, simple and memorable.
Finally, a crucial step in career development is identifying the gaps between where you are today career wise, and where you want to be.
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