March 9 of 2020 | Job Hunting
When you are job hunting, it is good practice to carefully read the job description for the position being offered and evaluate what the possible opportunities for progression might be. Often, there is apperception that in order to progress in your career you must transition into a managerial role.
However, that is not always the only option for growth and may not be the one that is best suited for you. There are many positions that offer employees the opportunity to challenge themselves, learn more and earn more money without transitioning into a managerial role. Here are some great tips for how to grow your career without becoming a manager from Fortune.com:
- EXPAND YOUR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
If there is another department you are interested in working with, or work-related projects that you would like to be part of, speak to your boss about taking on the additional responsibilities and see if your compensation can be adjusted to reflect the addition of those tasks.
- DEDICATE TIME TO LEARN NEW SKILLS
Take initiative to expand your abilities and increase your value as an employee through additional training courses or certifications. Identify what skills are the most valuable to your company and work to acquire them.
- DO SOME CONSULTING
Consulting gives you credibility in your area of expertise. Whether you take on a side gig to earn some extra cash, or do consulting within your company, itis an excellent way to impart your knowledge and expertise while creating credibility.
- BECOME AN EXPERT IN YOUR AREA AND CAPITALIZE ON IT
Becoming the best at what you do turns you into not only a source of reference for your teammates, but also an authority figure. You will have an increased presence in your industry and likely be asked to take on additional responsibilities, progressing your career.
- PARTICIPATE IN INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS
Find organizations within your industry and join them or participate in events related to your industry. This will not only show that your work is important to you, but also expand your network, enable you to learn about potential opportunities, and give you a competitive advantage by learning how other companies approach the same industry related challenges.
- BE UPFRONT WITH YOUR COMPANY
Be transparent with your company about your desire to grow without managing. Many companies would rather find or create a role that fits than risk losing a competent team member.
- MOVE LATERALLY TO A COMPANY WHERE YOU CAN GROW MORE
If the only option with your current company is to move into a managerial role, it may be time to find another company with opportunities aligned with your goals. Other companies in the industry may be more innovative or considered great places to work, making the shift a beneficial decision. Transitioning to a smaller company might produce more opportunities for a variety of responsibilities while a larger company may offer the benefit of making more prestigious connections.
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