Here is what you must do to attain career growth
26 Jun, 2017
By Solomon Ogwal
Universities and tertiary institutions across the world produce millions of graduates every year. Most of these are anxious to get a job, build a career and scale the corporate ladder. At graduation, all of them are convinced that the world of jobs is waiting to receive them with open arms. And, all of them imagine their stories of success unfolding.
For those of us who have been there, we know that the story unfolds very differently. We know that without hard work and perseverance, you cannot scale the career ladder. We know that you must at all times, be on top of your game—think critically and creatively to impress your bosses and leave a mark on your line industry.
Most of us, from childhood have been taught to study hard, pass exams, get good grades and get a good job. And so somehow we have assumed that all it takes is good grades. Truth is, attaining career growth and moving up in the ranks takes a lot more than the theories that you crammed in school.
Let me break it down for you with a personal example.
About six years ago, I got an entry-level job with a communications and education company. Within two years, I had gotten four promotions and my salary had quadrupled. I did all this without a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree.
A formula that worked for me
- Love what you do: If you are going to stay in that job for a long time and move up the career ladder, you need to develop a love for it. When you love something, you will endure the hardships and overcome obstacles that come your way. This love is sometimes referred to as passion. When you complete your assignments with passion, it will show. This is what will give you the competitive edge and help you to stand out of the crowd. If you want your bosses to see you as exceptional talent, you must love your job.
- Understand what is expected of you: Most positions come with a job description. This is basically what the company or your employers expect you to do. It describes the scope of your responsibility as an employee in that particular position within the organization. Remember, this will help you to stay on top of your targets and contribute to the growth of the organization. If you bought a car for racing in the rally, you will expect it to be able to race and compete. The moment it becomes a taxi of any sort, you will have to discard it! Same is with our employers. They expect you to race, if you are bought to race!
- Respect your bosses/employers (In their presence and out of their presence): However bad your employer maybe, it is important to give them the respect due to them. You may be older than them, more educated than them and more knowledgeable than them in certain aspects of your work-great! That does not mean you should disrespect them. The fact remains, they are your boss and they are giving you that shot. If you are not happy with certain facts, you are at liberty to go and look for another job. Give respect where it is due!
- Manage time: Every job description given to an employee specifies the work hours per week expected of him or her, reporting time to work and the time for Whether it is full time or part time job, you need to keep time. Time keeping involves taking note of what time you arrive at work, what time you start working, the time you spend at lunch time, the time you leave office or work, the time you take to do a particular task and so much more. All these aspects are important in time keeping. Unfortunately, some people think it’s all about the time you report and the time you leave work-absolutely NOT!
- Keep on upgrading your skills: This is very much in relation with the jobs that are technical e.g. engineering, computer science, medicine, accountancy, writing etc. Make effort to stay relevant to the organization. If it requires taking on some short courses, do so. Learn new skills from your work mates where possible. Go for further studies if you are able. Climbing some corporate ladders may require adding expanding academic qualifications. Employers want to keep around resources with multiple abilities.
- Work well with others/team work: In work places where there are many people, you need to work well with them. This means you appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of your colleagues. Recognize others and ask for their help where you need it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you ask for help you are able to learn something new.