Enhancing your career

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[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]You’ve got the job – congratulations – but how do you hold on to that role and make it the job you always wanted it to be?
While there are certain limitations to what you can do to further your career as much of this depends on the support of your employer, there are lots of ways in which you can drive your own destiny.

We offer FIVE ways to help you achieve career success and enjoy the progression you’re looking for.

1. Define your goals

Whether it was made clear in interview or not, it is vital that you understand your career path within the business. If no clear path has been identified, then ask. Consider first what it is you’re looking for and how your employer can help you achieve that goal. If a career path has been identified, make sure you are driving it forward and assuring the promised one-to-ones/mentoring are actually forthcoming.

2. Ask for feedback
Thinking you are doing a good job and knowing it are two very different things. Question your peers; whether through formal pre-arranged meetings or while enjoying a coffee break, it’s vital that you understand how your work impacts on the business as a whole. Don’t be afraid to accept negative criticism; only by knowing what we’re potentially doing wrong can we make it right.

3. Immerse yourself

Spend time getting to know more about the business; understanding why it operates as it does will really enable you to get to the heart of its operations. Don’t be afraid to look outside the business where you work at what others are doing, whether good, bad or indifferent, it will help shape your role and could spark positive catalysts for change.

4. Seek a mentor
If you haven’t been assigned a mentor ask for one. Whether carried out in a formal capacity or informal relationship, having a mentor will constantly give you the feedback you’re looking for, whether that’s looking for company insights or someone to bounce ideas off.

5. Formal appraisals
While nobody wants to consider that their best might not be considered the company’s best, you can only improve and progress if you understand what might be holding you back. If the company is thrilled with your work, great, but how can support you to the next level? Likewise, if you’re not meeting expectations, what can they do to get you there? Keep reference checking the commitments they made when the offered you the role and make sure they are keeping up their end of the bargain.

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