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3 months ago by Elk Recruitment
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How Do I Progress My Career?

The answer
to this question is actually quite complex as there are many factors at play
here, some are obvious, some not so obvious and some of which may unfortunately
be out of your control.

Qualifications

To start
with, Qualifications are extremely important and a good place to begin to lay
solid career foundations. What we have learned to date at Elk Recruitment is continued
learning and gaining strong meaningful up to date qualifications are key to progressing
your career especially the more senior you go.
 
Rightly or wrongly most employers in today’s markets expect
qualifications when taking on new employees. So if you’re going to embark on a
career, identify the qualification that best suits your area of interest and
set the wheels in motion to achieve it, but do get advice if you are unsure as
to the best way forward.

Your main
aim should be to acquire a good solid primary degree in your chosen field. If
you are in a technical discipline and you have achieved your technical
qualification, try also to gain a qualification in the soft studies to round of
your offering such as supervisory management or HR. This will keep you on par
with the pack leaders coupled with a certification in possibly Six Sigma or
Lean.
 

Remember the
higher you go in your career, generally people skills are just if not more
important than your technical ones.

Practical Skills

Qualifications
are only a foundation or entry point to allow you to begin to progress your
career. As you enter employment you will quickly see that the skills you have
learned in college on their own are certainly not enough to entitle you to
progress
‘You may read volumes on swimming and jump into a pool and drown’.

The working
environment is complex and there are a lot more factors to be considered and
mastered before you take that next step.
 Study the environment you are working in and
the method used by the organisation to get your assigned tasks done, master
your part of the process and approve upon it, but measure, document &
communicate the results.
  Along with
other team members, try to learn how to master other areas of the process
without of course affecting your current responsibilities and again try and
improve upon them also.

What you are
trying to do here is to become a practical individual that understands the
whole process of the organisation. You want to become an ‘A player’ an asset to
the organisation, who does their job effective continually but is always
working away in the background to improve results and help out in other areas
of the business when required.
  Do this
and you will quickly get noticed, but remember all notice may not be positive.

People Skills

Probably one
of the more complex and important areas of your development to master.
  But the rule is simple, work hard, help out when
and where you can, be genuine and positive in your communication and listen to
others.
 Stand up for what you believe in
without causing offence and remember if you need to have choice words with
someone do so in private & praise in public.
 

Is that it

Unfortunately,
not, as we said from the outset some things are out of your control and just
when you think that you have mastered all of the above you get overlooked for a
promotion.
  This is normal, get used to
it but resilience, commitment, performance and constant focus on your goal in
tandem with your practical, academic and people skills will ultimately progress
your career. Keep at it, if you keep knocking eventually the door will open to
you.