In a previous article, we talked about some of the most dominant factors that prevent women from advancing their careers. While these factors are clearly influencing women’s ability to climb the corporate ladder, there are ways to get around them. More importantly, the work environment we have today is allowing women to shine.
Whether you just want to get the promotion you’ve been aiming for or you want to pursue a top-management position, there are several things you can do to push your career forward. We are going to review some of those things in this article.
Get a Master’s Degree
One of the easiest, sure-fire ways to boost your career is by pursuing a higher degree. If you’re aiming for a managerial position, for instance, taking an accelerated MBA course online and acquiring a master’s degree will definitely help you a lot.
Online courses are great for those who want to pursue a master’s degree without spending too much time at university or attending classes. You basically have complete freedom over how you complete the course. This includes the ability to study in your own time and complete the course at your own pace.
You can also choose to acquire other degrees. While a masters in business administration degree can help a lot with your career, other more specific options are just as good. A degree in finance, statistics or communications are among the most popular.
Another great way to get noticed for a promotion is by taking charge. Whenever you see an opportunity to lead, don’t hesitate to grab it and make the most out of the opportunity. When you lead a small team, you have more opportunities to show what you can do, not only in terms of the work itself but also in terms of leadership abilities.The more chances you take, the more often you will prove yourself to be a good leader, and the more chances you have at getting a promotion. HR and your superiors are watching and taking notes. After all, they need to fill the available positions with the best possible candidate.
Another important thing to remember when you’re leading a team is to give team members a chance to shine too. Doing everything yourself and expecting great results is definitely not the way to go. A good leader has the ability to see the potential in her team members and put them to good use.
A lot of workers don’t really consider promoting the things they do out of fear of feeling uncomfortable. This is actually a career mistake a lot of women still make. In reality, letting your boss – and your boss’s boss – know what you’re doing and the things you have accomplished is a great way to push your career forward.
There are ways to promote yourself without coming across as negative or arrogant. First, you need to focus on your accomplishments; never take credit for achievements that are not yours to claim. The way you talk about those accomplishments matters too. When talking to your superiors, for instance, you can ask for their opinion and seek genuine ways to improve.
Talking about upcoming projects, setting yourself a target and keeping the bosses updated with your progress and accomplishments are also great for your career. Once the company starts to notice how you perform in different situations, getting a promotion will be easier than ever.
Do you have ideas you think the company – or the team – could benefit from? Talk to your superior about them or simply bring them up during team meetings and discussions. Always make the first step whenever you can. Showing initiative is the best way to get noticed. Sharing great ideas that will benefit the company once you have grabbed their attention is even better.
Keep your explanations simple and focus on the ideas that really matter. When the ideas you share get implemented, lend support as much as possible, even when you’re not leading the project. No one knows the idea better than you, so helping with the realization of those ideas is a chance for you to really shine.
These tips will help you overcome the obstacles you face at work. You will be able to carry your career forward and reach new heights in the company. Paired with your superb skills and the value you bring to the table, you won’t have to worry about not being able to a reach mid- to top-level management position in time.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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