Advancing your Career in 2024!

Paul Roche our consultant managing the role
Author: Paul Roche
As yet another New Year dawns and we shake off the Christmas cobwebs, most of us have had time over the festive period to contemplate job satisfaction, career growth and compensation.

Questions often posed to us by candidates include; how to approach career advancement with your boss? How to differentiate yourself in the scrap to climb the corporate ladder or get the opportunity to take on new challenges? How to command a fair pay rise.

Well, open communication with supervisors about career goals and expectations is key! Overall, the good news is that a proactive approach to personal and professional development can enhance job satisfaction and opportunities in the coming year.

Here is a concise guide as to how to achieve your desired career goals or at least obtain a more favourable outcome.

Initiate career conversations 

Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with your boss to discuss your career aspirations, performance, and goals. Demonstrate your commitment to growth.

Showcase achievements

Clearly communicate your contributions and accomplishments. Create a tangible record of your successes to present during performance reviews or career discussions.

Take on more responsibility

Seek opportunities to expand your skill set by volunteering for challenging projects or offering assistance to colleagues. Proactively taking on additional responsibilities demonstrates initiative.

Engineer a promotion

Clearly express your desire for advancement and ask for feedback on areas for improvement. Develop a plan with your boss outlining the steps needed to qualify for a promotion.

Demonstrate enthusiasm

Express your passion for your work and the company. Share ideas, offer solutions, and actively contribute to team discussions. Enthusiasm is contagious and can make you stand out.

Continuous learning

Stay updated on industry trends and acquire new skills. Attend workshops, seminars, or pursue certifications to demonstrate your commitment to professional development.

Build relationships

Foster connections with senior leadership by participating in company events, joining committees, or volunteering for cross-functional projects. Establishing relationships with decision-makers can positively impact your visibility.

Seek mentorship

Identify mentors within and outside your organisation. A mentor can provide guidance, share experiences, and advocate for your career growth.

Create a career development plan

Set clear short-term and long-term goals. Regularly review and adjust your plan, considering your evolving skills and aspirations.

 Job search strategically

Explore new opportunities that align with your career goals. Network both online and offline, update your resume, and leverage your professional connections to discover senior, challenging, or better-paying roles.

How Marks Sattin can help you 

If you would like to speak with one of our consultants to seek advice or to discover new opportunities in accounting & finance, risk, compliance, audit, legal, technology or change management, then please get in touch with one our friendly recruitment consultants at Marks Sattin. 
10/01/24
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