How to Climb the Corporate Ladder
Hamsa Ramesha | Inside Tech
June 15, 2010
Who doesn’t think about getting that promotion? We all want to be our own boss someday, but before we can rule the hive, we have to tough it out as a lowly worker bee. These days, moving up is less like climbing a ladder and more like picking your way through a maze. There are many ways you can move your career forward, but any one of them could be a dead end. Avoid game over with these eight ways to get ahead at the office.
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What do high-powered executives often have in common? A higher degree. Look into PhD and MBA programs in your field that give you a leg up. Not only will you be educating yourself, you’ll be learning from seasoned professionals and interacting with others in your field. If going back to school isn’t your thing, consider taking certificate classes and attending conferences that increase your awareness of industry trends. Getting yourself seriously educated sends a strong message that you are invested in what you do and that you have a genuine interest in staying on top of your game. You don’t have to stick to industry-specific classes either! Consider learning a new language or taking up a musical instrument. By diversifying yourself, you are staying ahead of the competition and widening your range of skills.
Find a Mentor
What better way to move up at the office than to turn to someone who’s been through it all? Mentors have not only been in your shoes, they also know a little something about the business you’re in. A mentor is like an anchor, grounding you when you are lost. They offer career advice, listen to project proposals, or just lend an ear in a moment of crisis. The right mentor can drastically change your career path for the better.
How can you get promoted if nobody knows who you are? It’s not just about showing up every day and doing your work. Smart employees go beyond their job descriptions. Speak up and get noticed! Make sure you contribute valuable ideas and are confident in your work. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should the company?
Ask for More Work
Taking on more responsibility shows that you are taking an active interest in the business and outgrowing your current position. It also makes your boss look good and eases the workload off of somebody else. Making others happy brings you one step closer to making yourself happy! One thing to note: When you ask for more work, you’d better be able to handle it. There’s nothing worse than not completing a project on time or backing out because you didn’t realize how difficult it would be.