Know when it’s time for a change
The longer I stay in my role, the more stagnant my career seems. There just doesn’t appear to be a road map for career development. My duties have become so routine. What can I do to shake things up? Or is the only way to find an employer that can offer me career progression?
The first step to addressing your career development concerns is to speak with your manager. Most organisations should have a clear appraisal process, which is a great forum to discuss not only your performance in your current position, but also to talk about your future career development.
If this is not in place, then I would suggest organising a catch-up yourself. Be honest about your desire to take on more responsibility and ask what career opportunities will be available in future.
Be conscious that unless you work in a particularly hierarchical business such as a law or accountancy firm, career progression is rarely completely clear.
By actively seeking opportunities to develop your skill set, you are showing you are willing to put in the extra work to progress in your career.
Remember that career development is your responsibility as well as your employer’s. We operate in a competitive world where only those who show the necessary determination and pro-activity are given the opportunities.
You may also have to look at the situation from an honest, objective viewpoint and recognise that it may be time for a change. There are occasions when an organisation can no longer offer you career development in line with your ambitions.
If the business is not going through a period of expansion, you may have to wait for some movement in the positions above you.
Do you see this happening? Look at the tenure of those above you and gauge whether change is going to come in the short or long term.
They may also not be offering you career development because they recognise you have become stale in the organisation. This isn’t necessarily a negative, but a reflection that change can be positive and it may be time to look at a new employer.
Someone who stays in an organisation for too long is in danger of becoming institutionalised. This is not good for the individual or the organisation they work for.