If you've been eyeing that promotion at work or have been looking to make a jump in your career, it's important to take that desire and turn it into action. Improving your personal skill set and furthering your education makes you a more attractive candidate for those promotions.
This process of career-oriented self-improvement is called upskilling. Essentially, upskilling involves outgrowing your current job and working to make yourself more valuable to your company or industry.
Upskilling can come in many forms, whether through personal development, education or refinement of skills you already have. Here are a few ways you can upskill to get that promotion you've been eyeing.
Stay on Top of Your Industry
To stand out from the rest of the crowd, it's important to maintain an understanding of your industry. Work It Daily contributor Margaret Buj writes, "If you want to get ahead, it is important not only to keep up with current industry news, but also to pay attention to trends outside of your area of specialization."
This means following online newsletters and blogs that explore your industry. When you expand your knowledge of your industry, it shows, and it's a small, free way to upskill.
Better Your Workplace
If you're familiar with a company, it's likely that you've noticed a few areas where things don't run as smoothly as they should. Offering constructive criticism and solutions can be a great way not only to get yourself noticed but also to keep your name circulating in conversations about improving the company.
Even if your suggestions don't lead to change, this practice can still help you because it shows initiative and creativity. Baj writes, "This can only help you next time you request a promotion."
Another option is to ask for the opportunity to help out with your company's pain points. Essentially, if you make yourself more valuable to a company, your name will be much more likely to come up in discussions on who should get the next promotion.
Further Your Education
Higher education through an MBA offers a way to advance one's career, and the degree's versatility makes it one of the most attractive. CEOWorld Magazine contributor Mindy Wright points out, "Throughout this course you'll enhance your existing expertise by learning about exactly what it takes to be a senior manager in any industry."
Aside from teaching important business and managerial skills, an MBA program also gives students the opportunity to network. This can give you the leverage you need to get that promotion, secure a higher position at a different company, or even to start your own business.
Upskilling isn't a single set of prescriptions for achieving promotions in your career. Different situations and goals call for different paths forward. The main idea behind upskilling is to make yourself a better-educated, highly skilled, more well-rounded individual. Not only can this lead to promotions and success within your industry, but it can also be personally fulfilling. With a focus on upskilling, you're less likely to fall into a rut and more likely to get that corner office.
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