You’re a go-getter. Entry-level will never be good enough for you. At the same time, how do you get ahead and get yourself a bigger paycheck? Here are a few ideas you haven’t tried yet.
See The End-Goal You Have In Mind
Start with an end-goal in mind. You have to know where you want to end up before you start making any sort of plan to get there. Think of it like you would planning out a trip. If your goals are like the many roads or paths to a destination, and the end goal is the destination on the map, it makes sense that you have to know that before you choose a route, right?
The same is true when you’re trying to move up the corporate ladder.
Figure out what job you ultimately want. Research the job duties you’d be responsible for. Start studying them after your workday. Learn about the internal processes and workflow for that job. Ask to shadow upper management so you can see, first hand, what it’s like to work in that position.
Do everything you can to understand what your dream job is like.
Know The Rules And Know How To Break Them
In every career, there are rules that are generally followed. We call these “best practices.” And, while there’s a time to follow the rules, there’s also a time to break them. For example, it’s generally considered an accepted truth that you have to produce results in your current job in order to get ahead in the company – and that that is sufficient for a promotion.
The truth is that doing your minimum job duties is the prerequisite for a promotion, but not the means to it. You have to do a lot more, work outside of your job duties – actually do everything assigned to you and more that’s not.
Study Your Butt Off
You need to study – more than you are right now. If you want to be an IT manager, for example, you need to visit Simplilearn.com and take every course that makes you qualified to be a manager. You might have to take more than the minimum required.
You will probably have to put in 20+ hours outside of work every week to get it done. This is why most people don’t climb the corporate ladder. It’s hard work.
In some industries, you will be required to go back to college. How you manage a full time job and attend college is up to you, but ask your employer about any educational grants or opportunities within the company.
Sometimes, companies will pay to send you to school if you agree to stay with the company for a minimum number of years after you graduate.
Do Everything With A Purpose
It’s easy to lose sight of the end-goal when you’re drowning in everyday tasks. Maybe you don’t think that you can keep up the motivation it takes to continue on to the end.
Guess what? You’re not alone.
Few people can stay emotionally motivated to reach their goals. This is especially true when you put yourself on a career path that would have you sitting in a big leather chair in a swanky new office setting. That’s why successful people set action steps and then track progress every day. It takes next to zero effort to mindlessly bang out tasks everyday. But, if those tasks are constantly moving you closer and closer to your goal, it doesn’t matter.
The trick is to avoid thinking too much during the week.
That’s right. Stop thinking about your goals. Just do the tasks you write down at the beginning of the week, before things get hectic. Write down 2-3 tasks you will accomplish every day this week.
Write them down – as in physically write them down. When you complete them, cross them off your list.
If you spend a little time setting up tasks that move you toward a specific end-goal, you’ll find you won’t need to stay motivated. You just have to get up and read your list.
Of course, you do need some motivation, but only at the beginning of the week (or the end, if you want to make next week’s plan on a Friday while you’re still excited about the weekend).
But, if you only have to make plans once per week, instead of once per day, then you’re not fighting a constant battle against your willpower. And, that’s usually what ends up sinking even the mightiest of ships.
Chandana is a Senior Content Writer for Simplilearn.com. She has a M.A. in English Literature from Gauhati University and is PRINCE2 Foundation certified. Her unique and refreshing writing style continues to educate and inspire readers from around the world.
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