Professional Development and Career Progression

  • By: Generation Z Team

Simply expressed, career advancement is the process of moving up the corporate ladder during your working years. advancing in your profession, receiving a promotion, seeking out new chances, jobs, and challenges. There are plenty of factors and components that may contribute to effective and successful career growth, yet, as with most things in life, there are certain factors that are beyond our control and difficult to anticipate.

Having said that, there are a number of highly important aspects that we can influence and effect that will help us advance our careers, gain employment more often, and climb the corporate ladder with success. Most importantly, networking is a very powerful tool for advancing your profession. Finding chances, standing out, and making connections are all important components of job advancement, and these things are all accomplished through professional networking.

There are many different methods to network, as well as several locations where you may do it professionally. The obvious ones include internal in bigger workplaces as well as networking receptions, seminars, conferences, and trade exhibitions. In addition to networking, coaching and mentoring can help you advance your career. A mentor may offer advice and direction on specific parts of your career, such as interview preparation, industry insights, management issues, and a wide range of other topics. They can also assist you negotiate your way through the hurdles of the professional world. Finding a mentor might be difficult, but PushFar can assist you in many other ways as well.

Upskilling is often attributed to career progression and rightly so. ‘Training and development’ as a term covers a whole host of activities. However, by ‘training and development’ in this instance we are referring primarily to training courses, upskilling and developing new areas of expertise. If there are certain areas in your role, industry or general business insight that you feel are lacking or could be improved upon, then the best way to tackle these is with training.

Traditionally, training is thought of as courses but there are lots of different ways to go about this. It could be done through shadowing a colleague who has experience and knowledge that you wish to develop. Or, it could be through e- tutorials and online learning portals. There are several options for training and development and they can all help with career progression. If you’re not sure exactly what you should be doing on the training and upskilling fronts, then the best person to speak with is your manager.

Not got a direct manager? Unemployed? Recently graduated? If you fall into one of these categories, look at the industry you are keen to work in and work out which skillsets are important to them. Read through job descriptions and work out which key requirements you don’t feel comfortable with, and then learn them.