Taking the slow route in a
career doesn’t always work for everyone.This may especially be the case if you are starting your career later
because you’ve taken time to travel or stay at home with your children or if
you are starting a second career.Sometimes
the fast track just makes more sense.
But how do you get on that
fast track? Here are some tips that will
get your career moving forward quickly:
Make sure that the path you
are on is the right one. If your career
does not match your interests and passions you will become unmotivated and find
that you fall off the fast track. Can
you get access to the experience that you need?
Do you have the education that you need to move quickly in your career?
If not, you may want to consider making some lateral moves first and then
2. Define Your Goals
Make sure that you know
exactly where you want to go in your career.
Make a plan to get there. Include
short term and long term goals. Knowing
what your goals are will help you set out an actionable plan.
Without a plan you’re just
wandering around randomly without direction.
What is your first short term goal?
What do you need to do to attain it?
Set out the steps you will take to make sure that it happens not only
quickly, but efficiently.
Those who are in management
positions and other positions of authority in the company you work for are able
to help you but they can’t help you if they don’t know what your goals
are. Ask for their support and their
advice. Find a mentor that you can
communicate with on a fairly regular basis.
The advice that they have to give can be invaluable.
Show that you have initiative
by volunteering to take over a project or start a new one. Not only will it make you look really good
but it will also help you develop skills.
You can demonstrate the skills that you already have and you can learn
6. Stay Current
Always be aware of the trends
that are happening in your field. Read
industry newsletters and magazines. Use
the Internet to keep up with what is happening.
People who read and are up-to-date are often the ones that are able to
put themselves in a position where they can make a big jump forward in their
Just because you have
completed a course that got you a degree or a diploma doesn’t mean that you are
done with your education. Be on the look
out for courses and workshops that you can attend to get certifications. These courses and workshops can help you be
in a beneficial position in the company you work for and it can help you get
ahead of the competition.
8. Be a Leader
Don’t be afraid to take on a
leadership role when it is presented to you.
You might become a mentor to someone that is junior to you or you could
volunteer to be on a board or committee.
Leaders are noticed first and leaders move ahead fast.
Networking is not just for
those that are looking for a job. If you
network after you have a job - both in your community and in the company you
work for - you will find that opportunities often present themselves to you.
Your visibility will increase and you will make new contacts that will give you
opportunities to fast forward in your job.
Make sure that no matter what
your job is you are the best person that they have ever had in that job. Make sure that you do everything to the best
of your ability. Never do things half
way. I’ve always said that anything
worth doing is worth doing well so give your job your full attention when you
are there and make sure that you are the best they have ever had.