How To Keep Climbing Up In Your Career

Published: October 26, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

Have you ever found yourself muttering the words “career ladder”?  Perhaps you’re climbing one right now, or maybe you want to but don’t know how.  Either way, like any climbing activity, it pays to know exactly what direction you’re heading in otherwise you might find yourself at a dead-end, or sliding down a very slippery slope…

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The term ‘career ladder’ is used a lot, but the problem for many people is that they don’t actually know what their career ladder looks like, or where to find it.  They’re complacent about the path they’re on, unsure of the options available to them, or just too lazy to work out where they want to go next.

The other issue is that many people find themselves scaling rickety old ladders that crumble during their climb often because the route they’re taking is out of date.  Perhaps there’s been a company restructure, or a change in regulations.  Either way, blindly staying on the same track and hoping it’ll work out ‘OK’ is not a smart survival strategy.

So what does your career ladder look like? Think for a moment where you would like your career to take you.  What would you like to see yourself doing in 1, 3, 5 years time?

Don’t worry about ‘how’ you’re going to achieve that vision, just spend some time thinking about what you really want your career to look like moving forward.

Consider the lifestyle you want to lead, the hours you want to work, the type of activities and challenges you want to be involved in on a daily basis, and the values that are important for you to regularly uphold.

When you have a clear vision it’s much easier to work out what the rungs on your ladder should look like, and then you can devise a specific step-by-step plan on how to achieve it.  Work out every detail that gets you from where you are now, to where you want to be.  A complete outsider should be able to read your plan and easily comprehend what actions you need to take on a monthly basis to reach your career objectives.   If not, you need to add more detail.

Importantly, you must … MUST … review your plan regularly, and be objective.   Eliminate as much risk as possible by staying abreast of industry changes and standards, make it your business to be aware of your employers business plan, and make sure you keep up-skilling and investing in your own development so that you constantly put yourself in the best professional position possible.

By taking the time to get crystal clear on what your career ladder looks like, what steps you need to take to get there, and what you need to do to make the climb as risk-free as possible, will put you in a great position to keep advancing your career year after year.

Do you need to give your career ladder some TLC? Post a comment below…

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career and business they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career and time management skills click here.

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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