Things to consider when planning to advance your career.

  • Planning is essential to advance your career success. Start by creating short, medium and long term projections. Spend time on the planning process and work out the details of your career plan.
  • The second part of the career planning process is the execution thereof. Don't just plan, also act on your plan.
  • You can also advance your career through education, in-house training, short courses, seminars, and workshops. By getting an additional certificate, diploma or degree, you stand a better chance of being promoted and earn a higher degree.
  • Evaluate your advancement together with your supervisor or manager on a quarterly basis.
  • You can advance your career by self improvement courses, reputable distance learning institutions, or online certification.
  • Qualification tests are often required for obtaining overseas jobs.
  • Your company may also compensate you for additional certification, classes, courses and other training. Some enterprises also provide loans to their employees for education purposes, while others subsidize all training relevant to the employee's job. Enquire from your human resources or training department how compensation and training loans work.
  • Make sure that your CV is updated on a monthly basis.
  • Another way that you can advance your career is by building and maintaining a large network of reputable contacts and possible job referrers. Do this by keeping in contact with the relevant persons. Buy a lunch or coffee for one of them once in a while or offer assistance when needed.
  • Investigate potential openings and promotions with your supervisor, the human resources department or your manager. Make sure they know that you are ready to take on additional responsibilities.
  • If you find that you cannot get promoted then search for new job opportunities. Don't get stuck in a dead end job.
  • Do your homework about other careers before you make a major career change.
  • Remember that starting and managing your own business is different from working for a salary. Research the market, income potential, capital lay-out, running costs, licensing requirements, funding, location and risks of possible businesses before you resign.
  • Keep abreast of market related salaries for the work you do.
  • If a job opportunity exists in another town, province, state or country, consider it if it will advance your career.