When you work at a large organization, you might consider yourself a small fish in a big pond. And, such thinking can weigh you down and stop you from taking your career to the next level.
It might seem like an uphill battle to climb the corporate ladder, but it is not impossible to do so. There will be numerous individuals vying for top positions in large organizations, which means showcasing your talents and hard work can be a challenge even for the best of us.
Moreover, navigating the corporate terrain where your superiors and managers dictate the company's direction can be pretty tricky. For example, your managers might repeatedly pigeonhole you into performing the same boring task. Naturally, that can lead to a dip in motivation.
In other words, the journey to the top of the corporate employment hierarchy is often long, winding, and fraught with challenges. But you will never progress in your career if you don't give it a go.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to boost your motivation levels, increase your chances of getting that promotion you've always wanted, and fast-track your way up the corporate ladder:
Create Clear Career Development Plan and Goals
Taking the steps necessary to obtain a promotion or achieve a business goal isn't always easy. However, most people forget one crucial thing—you need to create and have a clear career development plan to achieve your dreams and know exactly what you have to do and work for.
A career development plan is a written list of the short and long-term goals that employees have pertaining to their current and future jobs. With a career development plan, you’ll see where you want to be in your career, which will inspire you to jump through hoops and navigate obstacles.
Moreover, a career development plan will allow you to see the bigger picture and know the necessary steps to take to progress your career further and climb the corporate ladder. For example, with clear goals, you’ll be able to plan how to improve job performance and training.
Levarege Training, Study, and Education
Taking advantage of available learning and training opportunities is another vital part of professional and personal development and betterment.
Suppose you want to become an executive in your company, you may be wondering, “Do I need an MBA to be an executive?” The answer may actually be yes.
Oftentimes, to climb the corporate ladder, you’ll need to pursue further studies and enroll in relevant learning and training institutions to hone your skillset.
Besides pursuing a degree or relevant training that allows you to sharpen your organizational and business skills, read up relevant blogs, books, industry whitepapers, articles, and other resources to increase your knowledge and professional expertise.
Moreover, whatever you're doing, try to ensure that you learn something from it. If your boss gives you a task to do and you think it doesn't allow you to learn and enhance your knowledge, politely and tactfully ask them to hand you more challenging opportunities that’ll enable you to learn.
Keep looking for and taking advantage of all learning opportunities to continue developing and honing your skills. That’ll improve your odds of success and chances of scaling the corporate ladder.
Network, Network, Network
Many people don't feel comfortable with the idea of networking, but it is a critical component that will allow you to meet the right people to give your career the bump you always wanted.
Make every effort to network and forge new connections with individuals within and without your professional circle who could help you professionally.
For example, if your company decides to hold a business conference or other networking event, jump at the chance and be the first one to attend.
You might meet people who share the same visions and missions as you and come up with profitable ideas together, or leaders who offer you the opportunities you yearn for, and more.
Maintain an open and positive attitude when networking and meeting new people. It pays to be polite!
Take Challenges in Your Stride
The right attitude and mindset is critical for success in the corporate world. As in other areas of life, you need to cultivate a positive attitude and a growth mindset for success.
That means focus on the good things and understand that challenging situations and obstacles are a part of life. Take all the opportunities and challenges that come your way in your stride.
Just because a coworker got the promotion you always wanted doesn't mean your opportunities for career development are finished. Keep pushing yourself to be better and don’t easily give up.
In the corporate world, individuals usually see everything as a competition. Recognize that a bit of competition doesn't hurt and can actually benefit you by pushing you to work harder and smarter.
Remember that every person's career path varies. Don’t look soley at what others around you have achieved, or use others as the primary yardstick for what you can achieve.
Just keep a positive mindset always, plan, and prepare until you find that opportunity to climb the corporate ladder—whether within your current company or without that company.
Growth opportunities are everywhere. You just have to be determined enough to find them.
Be Forthright About Your Career Goals and Ambitions
Many people keep their professional dreams a secret and feel ashamed of sharing them with others. Don't be afraid to share your career goals and ambitions.
While being shy and coy about your dreams is common, doing so will put you at a considerable disadvantage compared to those who openly share and talk about their career goals and ambitions.
When you share your ambitions and goals with others around you, who knows, someone might come along who can turn them into a reality or helps you to make those goals come true.
Climbing the corporate ladder and taking your career to the next level is possible, if you play your cards right. Be strategic and pursue your goals at a steady, manageable, and enjoyable pace. Don't push yourself too much to the extent of burnout. The result will come sooner or later.