Olympians train intensely for a minimum of four years prior to competing, constantly fine-tuning their craft. This is their profession and like anything, it requires work, dedication and training. To merely show up and do your job is not nearly enough these days especially now that further education is accessible by all.
Virtually every candidate we speak to asks what training will be provided by the company they are applying to. Usually the answer is “not much”.
Then we ask what training the candidate has done for themselves in recent years. Usually the answer is “not much”.
If you want to secure a promotion then improving your skills and knowledge is vital. Investing in your own career will only ever result in you standing on the figurative podium holding your very own Gold Medal.
Here are suggestions of where you can start:
- Seek out new skills – It’s not enough to be great at your job; you also have to develop marketable skills that prepare you for more responsibility. When you gain skills and qualifications far beyond what your current job requires, your employer may see keeping you in that job as a waste of your talents.
- What can your Boss do that you can’t? – What systems knowledge or process skills do they have that you would need to do their job?
- Pick a job for which you can get the skills needed – Would you do six years of night school to get a qualification that might help you get a promotion? Probably not.
- Specialized professional designations or licenses. – Sometimes these can be far more important to getting a promotion than degrees, and sometimes you may just need to take some classes to improve your computer skills or accounting ability.
- What about your “Soft” skills – Negotiating, public speaking, report writing, project management.
- What about your IT skills – Social networking, app knowledge, new software applications.
- Ask your employer to help – Your employer may reimburse you for certain tuition expenses, so it may be possible for you to expand your knowledge at no cost to yourself.
- Take on temporary projects to increase your skills. – Temporary projects can be a great way to broaden your skills and network with people from other areas of the company. Many people feel uncomfortable volunteering for these assignments because they can be challenging and can force you out of your comfort zone. That’s the point.
Okay, now you have this list.
Pick two and get started!
For further advice on how to secure a promotion check out our free video tutorial Job Prep – The Promotion