Change your career without changing your employer
Careers coach Penny Strutton is writing a career column for This Is Nottingham with advice for job seekers. This week she looks at how to make the most out of the job you've got.
So, you've been in your current role for years, you're fed up, not progressing and feeling undervalued. Time to get out and start looking for a new opportunity? Well maybe, but with the current job market as it is, it might be easier to review your job and your company and identify methods for revitalising your motivation and start progressing once again.
It can be easy to settle into the same old routine and feel like there's nothing else you can do within the company, but taking advantage of the following pointers will help you get out of your comfort zone and put you back in the race.
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Raise your Profile
Ensure the rest of the company know you exist! Take a walk or pick up the phone and start meeting new people, use every opportunity to talk about your skills and achievements, show you're interested.
Take advantage of opportunities to take part in project groups or voluntary initiatives. Show you're willing and a valuable addition to a team. If you have transferable skills which will help you move sideways or upwards use these opportunities to demonstrate your ability.
Make sure you communicate well and use those interpersonal skills to show you're able to work with a wide variety of people. Listen, empathise and follow up on commitments. Be likeable!!
If you're doing this right and are being proactive then you'll start impressing the right people. Opportunities will come your way, especially when vacancies arise and they're looking to fill it with someone reliable and capable. So, you don't need to change company to change career, you can make massive changes just by changing your approach to the way you operate where you are!
I recently coached an individual who had been working as a machine operator for 5 years after moving to the country. He holds an MSc in Geography and the Environment from a Bangladesh university but didn't have the confidence to attempt to progress within the company. Through a few career coaching sessions provided by the company we looked at how he could raise his profile and get involved. Through incredible commitment and actions taken, he has been recognised at Director level and being involved in activities far more rewarding and in line with his career aspirations. If you're committed to making the change then it can happen for you too – give it a go!
For more information on my coaching and training services please visit my website www.pennystrutton.co.uk