How to Level Up in Your Current Position
A 2016 study from Mercer and The Engagement Institute showed 79% employees actively try to keep themselves motivated and engaged at work. And engaged employees are all about career progression. If you’re one of those employees there’s a lot you can do to level up in your current position, be an even bigger asset for your employer and advance in your career.
Know Your Strengths
The first thing any engaged employee should do is honestly assess their strengths. Many people have an idea of what they’re good at, but there are valuable strengths you could be missing or not realize are vital to your company. Understanding how to capitalize on those strengths is another crucial factor.
A professional assessment like our CareerChoiceGPS™ assessment is designed to help people in the workforce better understand their inherent strengths. Your assessment profile will include detailed information on how you relate to people and problem-solving along with observations on your enterprising, achievement and independence potential. There’s also a thorough breakdown of the results and strategies for how to capitalize on your strengths.
Another way to better gauge your strengths is to ask for assessments from supervisors and co-workers. Supervisors will likely be open to the idea of providing feedback and may even do so on a regular, ongoing basis.
Plot Out Your Career Path
Next, give yourself direction. When you know where you’re headed in your career it’s easier to stay focused and make the right moves to get there. Seeing a clear path of progression will also keep you motivated to continue doing your best work.
Surveys have found that having opportunities and clear paths for career progression is key for maintaining a high level of engagement. And when you’re highly engaged you tend to be more productive and produce higher quality work.
Start by discussing your career goals with your employer, supervisor or HR manager. Find out if your company has advancement opportunities and what skills are needed to move into those roles. You may even want to volunteer your time at work and on your own time to pick up real-world experience.
Using the information you’ve gained, create a development plan. Write down your biggest career goal, or in other words where you want to go in your career. From there you can work backward listing out the steps, resources, training, and help that will be needed at different points along the way.
Another benefit of the CareerChoiceGPS™ assessment is it provides career path advice based on your strengths and inherent traits. This can help you decide the best course of action to take to move your career forward.
Look for Learning Opportunities On and Off the Job
Formal learning and career programs are a great way to improve job performance and career advancement. That’s why one of the first things you should do is inquire about internal training opportunities and resources. But remember, every experience on the job is a learning opportunity. You can:
- See if it’s possible to shadow someone for a day.
- Find a mentor in your office that can guide you.
- Take a few minutes at the end of each day to write down a few observations or reflect on the work that was done.
- Ask questions.
- Share what you learn with others.
- Take on a task that’s outside of your normal job role.
The best use of your time is to learn more about the role you ultimately want to have and start gaining those skills now.
Train to be a Leader
One of the best ways to level up at your current job is to take on more of a leadership role. Leaders within the company are the people who are willing to take on more responsibility and oversee the work of others. They are also the people who are coming up with innovative solutions that help the company progress.
Let your manager or employer know you’re interested in taking on a leadership position. It could be something as simple as heading up a new short-term project or a long-term goal like advancing into a managerial role. The company may even have an internal program for grooming its next leaders.
You can also look into taking leadership courses outside of the company. Your employer may be willing to reimburse the cost if they can approve the course.
By being proactive in your current position you can take control of your career and get where you want to go a lot quicker. Start by taking the CareerChoiceGPS™ assessment today.