You need to have a plan
for short, medium & long term objectives. The better you plan
and the better you execute the plan, the better your chances of
advancing your career will be.
One of the best ways to
advance your career is through additional training & by taking additional courses, short
courses, seminars, certification tests and possibly a certificate,
diploma or degree. Through additional training & additional
education you update your skills and your
knowledge. This enhances your resume. Sometimes the help
with getting a higher salary.
progress with yourself and also with your manager on a regular
basis. Every three
months is a good guide.
Another way to advance
your career, if you can't attend
classes, is to study by distance education/
correspondence. Make sure the online
distance education program
that you choose is
accredited for the field of study that you seek.
Certification tests are
sometimes necessary for securing a job overseas.
Keep in mind that many
companies will pay for additional training & additional
education provided you obtain approval in advance & you obtain
a certain grade.
Always have an up
to date resume, cover letter & practice job search techniques
such as interviewing... etc.
Explore all the
possibilities with your current employer. Talk to your manager
& talk to other managers. Make sure everyone knows you are
interested in more responsibilities, advancement & promotion.
You need to raise your hand to get noticed.
Your network is as important as your career.
Build and maintain your
contact network. Maintain contact by having coffee or lunch with
one of your contacts at least once a month.
Always keep your eyes and ears open to opportunities.
Start planning your next
move as soon as you realize that you have a dead end job. Of
course things may change with time or your boss might get fired or
but you can't count on that.
You may decide to make a
career change at any time. Just be sure to do a thorough research
If you decide to start
your own business, research the competition, the finances &
know the risks involved before starting.
Always know what you are worth
in the job market.
Possibly consider relocating if it
will help advance your career.