Have you ever wondered why people fail while climbing their career ladder? Most people fail because they put too much emphasis only on opportunities they believed could get them promoted. Others fail because they are too passive. They do their jobs and hope that it’s enough to get them a promotion eventually.

It has become clear to successful people that just focusing on climbing up the career ladder will lead to failure. When all you can see is the end goal of their plans, they miss out on other things that are just as important, like cooperation with others, developing their skills, and personal growth. They fail to recognize that these are skills they need for recognition and advancement.

Those who are too passive fail to notice that promotions are gifts. They assume that their hard work, intelligence, and speed will equal a promotion. Such assumptions will always hold you back. You must create and manage your career path and remember that being promoted may not lead you up the career ladder. Sometimes lateral moves are a better career move to position yourself for a better upward move later.

Moving Up the Ladder

Moving up the ladder means that your career is advancing. It can take years to reach your goal. But with these steps, you can make better progress climbing up the ladder.

Continue Your Education

Going back to school can improve your career significantly. Pursue a master’s or doctorate or complete an incomplete or unfinished degree. Complete a professional certification beyond your college degree.

Pursuing a master’s or doctorate allows you to meet new people you can add to your network. Adding to your network improves your chances of career advancement and finding better opportunities.

Going back to school shows your bosses that you are investing in yourself and intend to advance in your career. You are also gaining a skill that is needed further up the ladder.

Find a Good Mentor

A mentor can give you valuable insight into what it takes to get ahead in life. They can guide you and help you decide on the best decisions to make in difficult situations. You can learn shortcuts that help you be more effective and avoid reinventing the wheel.

A mentor can help you develop your knowledge and skills. You can identify the skills and expertise you need and teach you how to get the information you need when you need it.

They can teach you to communicate more effectively. Being able to communicate is vital if you want to advance in your career.

Your mentor can expand your network by introducing you to some of their personal and professional contacts. A mentor can also teach you how to build your network.

A mentor can help you stay focused on your career goals by giving advice, networking, skill development, challenging you to better your plans, and so on.

Be Coachable

Do not be a know-it-all, one like them. Be open and eager to learn since most managers appreciate someone like this. Being open to feedback and learning from your supervisors opens them up to share their wisdom and expertise with you. They can see your willingness to grow and feel confident in giving you more opportunities.

Ask for More Responsibilities

 Volunteer for more responsibilities as this will increase your value to the organization and shows an interest in helping your department and company succeed. It also makes you stand out and shows off your value to the organization.

Be a Team Player

Work is, increasingly, being accomplished by teams as opposed to individuals.

It has become more important to share success and failures with your team. Working successfully within a team builds your reputation and increases your value to the company.

Practice Self-Promotion

Many of us are taught, by our families and teachers, to be humble, that modesty is a virtue, but this advice sets you back when job hunting and when seeking a promotion. Make sure people know of your accomplishments, especially if you have made significant improvements in the organization.

Make sure your bosses are up to date on the progress of any of your projects. You can share your progress and keep them appraised of your accomplishments at the same time.

Use Your Network

If you have an associate who thinks highly of you, ask them to help you get a promotion. Having someone influential make a case for you is more effective than talking yourself up. You can ask your mentor to speak about your merits when a promotion opens.

Be Dependable

Always be on time for work, meetings, and appointments. Being fashionably late only works in social settings. Arriving late to work shows you are not dependable. It also displays a lack of care for your work and the organization.

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