Are you ready for promotion?
Taking the next step on the career ladder can be a daunting prospect. For many self-doubt or not knowing how to make the next step can bring anxiety and a reluctance to make the move they deserve. When considering whether you are ready for the next stop it is worth taking some time to reflect to see if you are truly ready or simply just wanting a change.
Are you doing it already? Consider your role and the roles or peers – how do your activities match up to them? If you have found that your work load has increased significantly, if some tasks you are undertaking have been passed down from management to your care, if you find you are having a wider variety of tasks, these can all be indicators that the management team trust you \and your abilities. Consider your role against a co worker with more responsibility – if your role is starting to look a lot like theirs then it could be that you are already doing the job.
Do your co workers act as if you have more seniority? When the boss is out and someone heads into your department is it you they head to? Or if a question is asked does your department refer back to you for answers? Often it is our peers that recognise our input to a department before managers or even ourselves, and by automatically referring to you they are subconsciously putting your role superior to their own.
Are your opinions sought and acted upon more frequently? Is your boss using you to sound out ideas, running projects past you before they become general knowledge? Have they started to copy you in to internal and external emails you wouldn’t normally have access to? These are indicators your manager has already recognised your abilities and is feeling confident in allowing you to be involved at a higher level.
Do you feel confident in speaking up on behalf of your department? Are you naturally finding yourself speaking up for your co-workers or department, looking out for the team as a whole? Making decisions or becoming involved in discussions beyond your own role it is a sure indicator that you are finding your own feet as a leader of the department. No longer accepting the status quo or take word from other departments as gospel shows you are beginning to take a role in the strategic output for the team.
Feeling ready for promotion, or simply being recognised for what you do, is the first step in the process of progression on the career ladder. Next steps will be to consider if it is simply a matter of being rewarded for the role you are doing or whether you want to use these skills further and take a step up – either internally or externally.