Career Progression: How to advance in your career

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A recent report by Deloitte, Veterans Work: Moving on Report, found that 70% of veterans under 30 say 'career progression' is the most important factor when searching for a civilian job. Interestingly, a previous report by Deloitte, Veterans Veterans Work: Recognising the potential of ex-Service personnel, found in addition to offering a broad range of skills, a majority of employers reported that ex-military employees are promoted more quickly (53%). So how can you be part of the 53%?

Here’s our top 5 tips on how to advance your career.

1.Have a career plan

Creating a career development plan will give you the foundation to advance your career and the steps you need to get there.

  • Define success: Think about what you want from your career in your future - what success looks like to you and where you want to be in five, ten years time. This will help you map out your career plan. Once you have defined what success means for you and where you see yourself in five/ten years - this is the start of your career development plan.

  • Establish goals and a timeline: Set out goals, along with a realistic schedule to keep you on track and monitor your achievements.

2.Take ownership of your own personal development

Learning news skills, keeping up-to date with relevant industry news and completing courses and qualifications is an important part of anyone’s career - and continuous development will help you advance your career and show you are passionate about achieving your goals.

  • Keep up-to-date with what is going on in your workplace, make sure you read any newsletters, check the business social media account and read annual reports. Set up a google alert so it is even easier to stay in the loop.

  • Subscribe to relevant blogs or website to keep you up-to-date with any industry news.

  • Join a professional organisation.

  • Research and complete courses and qualifications needed to help you advance your career.

  • Find out what your employer is prepared to fund?

3.Network, network, network!

Developing your own personal network, both inside your organisation - and external, is an important part in getting ahead. Although it is down to you to achieve your goals, using others within your network for advice and support will help you meet your goals.

  • Does your organisation have a mentoring scheme? Having a mentor within your network can be a great way source of support, knowledge and guidance.

  • Use LinkedIn to network with like-minded people within the same industry.

4.Speak to your manager

Keeping your manager in the know of your career goals is important - after all, they are the ones that can really help you climb the ladder.

  • Be open with your manager, share your career roadmap with them, keep them up-to-date with your achievements and ask them how they can help you achieve your goals.

5.Ask for feedback

Feedback is an important way to measure your own progress and make sure you are heading in the right direction to achieve your desired goals.

  • Request a three-month review with your manager - if this is not in place. This will be a great way to find out about your performance and receive feedback on a regular basis.  

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