When most of us were in college, we had big dreams and expectations about the better version of ourselves we would become by 30, which most likely included having our own corner office with a city view. But, are you 30 already and haven’t accomplished your “dream”?
If you are still stuck in an entry-level position and feel haunted by the fact that your “best years” are passing by, it’s time to act and do something about it instead of feeling sorry for yourself! The good news is that even at an entry-level job you can begin working to climb your career ladder, even if you’re 30.
1. Bring aspects of your dream job into your current one
The key is to motivate yourself, so you can begin by designing your dream job and once you do you can review which aspects of your designed job can be incorporated in your current job. Then, ask for a meeting with your manager and discuss these desired tasks. But remember to comment and highlight why they can be beneficial for your job and company and also point that these new responsibilities will not be driving your attention away from your current job description.
2. Get a mentor
Now that you motivated yourself to go and get what you want, it’s beneficial that you connect with people that have achieved similar positions to what you’re looking for. Why? it helps you save time. How many times have you wished for an advice when you were new at doing something? That is because it would’ve saved us so much time especially “the trial and error” stage.
Having a group of mentors is crucial, most of all if you’re feeling the pressure of time and you are in a bit of a hurry to accomplish your dreams. Besides, what better word of advice than that from people who have walked your path before you?
3. Learn what your dream job requires
It’s time you realize that all the information you need is out there at your fingertips. Don’t let the fear of not being an expert in the field you want to get involved with sabotage your dreams. We are not know-it-alls and most people end up getting an occupation in a field different from what they prepared for or studied, and how do you think they made it? They overcame the fear because their desire was stronger.
If you need to get informed about a specific task or requirement to achieve your dream job, then do your research and if you need to read or study a bit, then why not? It’s well worth doing it if the accomplishment will be fulfilling.
4. Ask for feedback
Did you try doing all the steps above or more and you’re still sitting on the same desk? Then it’s time to communicate! Did you know that there is an actual probability that your manager might not even know nor acknowledge that you are looking for a promotion? If you are doing everything you can to achieve your goal but think that by doing it secretly you are actually going to get somewhere, well, you’re wrong!
Sit down with your manager to clearly let him know what you want, what you’ve been doing to get there, and ask for his feedback. Why? You might think you know what he/she will suggest for you to strengthen and focus on, but you might as well discover new things about how you are coming across with your team that you are not aware of. This is actually a very good idea to acquire insights of your own self so that you can work on and get better at in order to continue working in getting your dream job.
5. Make friends with people from other departments
Now that you are willing to do everything right and all it takes to get what you want, you should also realize that building good relationships will favor you in this matter. It’s not just for the sake of having someone to talk to, you should be able to think 360. For example, internal employees generally hear about new positions first, like the HR people, so, why not get acquainted with them?
If you put these tips into practice, share your experience with us or leave us a comment if you have another advice!
Original article 5 Ways to Finally Get Promoted From Your Entry-Level Job From Laura Garnett