Do you feel stuck in your job? Are you being handed the same old tasks for very little money, and do you feel undervalued? If so, then you have our commiserations. But, unfortunately, there's only one thing that is going to change your fortunes: you.
If you don’t have the confidence that you can get a promotion, why would anyone else? You might be a better fit for the job than any other candidate, but you have to talk the talk. There’s a reason louder, confident people succeed in the workplace, even if they aren’t the most talented. It’s just because they can make people believe that they are the best. If you are stymied by doubts and fears, it will come across in the way you communicate, so try and give yourself a break and be more confident about your abilities.
Be honest: how much do you love your job? If you are like the vast majority of people, it’s not very much. But some while some can hide that fact, others find it a lot more difficult. And who gets the promotion? You guessed it. Unfortunately, the people who get ahead have the ability to see their job as their own business. They act as if it’s their company and take pride in their work. And if you can’t match those qualities, you aren’t going to get as far, regardless of your natural talent.
Always be aware that you are part of a bigger picture. Some people have a habit of getting very centered and involved in what they do and have little time or concerns for anybody else’s work. This isn’t what employers want to see. They wish to see somebody that can do their job without it impacting anyone, and also someone that can help out in other areas. Try not to spend too long on your tasks and get things finished so you can help out in other areas. You might benefit from learning how to manage your time better.
Having a qualification is proof that you can commit to something, more than anything. That’s why you see so many jobs with ‘degree holder’ as an essential requirement, even if that degree isn’t relevant to the job. So, why not get one? Part-time study is available if you can commit to 4-6 years. If you don’t have that sort of time, there are plenty of business courses around that you can do to prove your worth. Check out the Simplilearn CBAP course for a good example. It’s a business analyst course that could help you get ahead in your company, or even start you on a different career path.
Finally, when it boils down to it, business is about one thing: making paper. And, if you don’t know how to save and make money, you aren’t going to get ahead in your job. Everything in a business costs money, so you can start by looking around and suggesting ideas where things can be cut back. Perhaps a particular task can be done quicker, or maybe you can find a way of eradicating altogether. Once you start becoming more financially aware, you will be trusted with more responsibility.
Hopefully, this has helped some of you get an idea of what’s required. A little belief and more focus on the right areas will help you progress far further. And a lot of hard work, obviously!