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Reaching For The Stars: How To Get Further In Your Career

If you love your job, chances are you want to get better at it, and advance further and further up the ladder. Getting promoted can mean more money, more power and - often most importantly - more flexibility to make your job into exactly what you want it to be. Here are some tips on how to get further in your career...

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Improve Your Self Esteem
First of all, you need to believe that you can do it. A lot of people, particularly women, suffer from impostor syndrome, which essentially means that some successful individuals don’t really believe that they’ve accomplished as much as they have, and are afraid of being found out as a fraud. A lot of people feel some degree of this deep down - aren’t we all really just nervous teenagers at our cores, wondering how to bluster our way through adult life? But if you feel as though it’s really affecting you, it’s time to make some changes. First of all, discuss the way you’re feeling with your seniors - they’ll be able to give you some reassurance that you deserve your job and to be in the position that you’re in. Secondly, the best way to combat it is to keep working hard and to keep succeeding. Seeing all your accomplishments pile up is a great way to prove to yourself that you deserve them.

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Keep Getting Better
One of the best ways to do well at work is to focus on your personal development. No matter how much you ask your team to succeed, if you don’t also work on yourself then you’re sunk. Keep going to conferences, finding out more, reading more, learning more, communicating with people in similar positions, sharing ideas, being creative - the list goes on. Places like the College of Westchester provide professional development courses that will enable you to achieve further qualifications that will help you get more highly powered jobs or get paid more in your current position. Focus on being hungry for more success and knowledge and you’ll get there.

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Ask For What You Want

Finally, it’s impossible to get what you want at work unless you ask for it. Being pro-active is probably one of the top tips in the work place - don’t expect things to come to you and land in your lap because the truth is that they simply won’t. Instead you need to keep your eyes and ears open for any opportunities that are out there, and put yourself forward for them. Even if you don’t get everything you want to, it’s important to register your interest and to make sure that your superiors know that you’re interesting in advancing so that they consider you in the future. If you want to earn more money, again you have to make sure that you ask for it at your annual review - make sure that you go in there with a figure you want to mention. Even though you might find talking about money distasteful, getting compensated in the way that you deserve will help you be more respected, both by your colleagues and - most importantly - by yourself.


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