How To Work Your Way Up The Corporate Ladder

After getting your footing on the first step of your career, the climb upwards may be daunting. In this blog, we’ll take a look at how to progress up the corporate ladder.

Throughout your employment, there will almost always be plenty of opportunities to progress within your role or progress within the business. However, what exactly is the corporate ladder, how do you identify which path to take and what steps do you need to take to get there? You’ll find the answers and some useful tips to help you climb up the corporate ladder here.


Decide where you are going

Firstly, you need to identify where you want to go. This means, picking a role you’d like to aim for and eventually work in. You should take a step back and look at all the job positions you could see yourself working in. It’s always good to focus on one or a few specific job roles when looking to progress as this will help you identify the skills you will need to improve in order to fulfil the role.


Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert

Progressing within a role constantly requires the development of new skills and talents, most of which can be picked up through training, courses or on-the-job experience. If you don’t think you currently possess the skills required for the role you’d like, speak to your manager or boss and show your willingness to learn. The most important thing when choosing someone for a new job role is not their accreditations, but their desire, drive and passion for achieving that role. Skills can always be taught, but willingness to learn and the drive required to do so cannot.


How to work your way up the corporate ladder

This brings us nicely onto the top tips to work your way up the corporate ladder.

  • Show your desire and willingness to progress - As mentioned above, this is often much more important than already having the skills required for the role as it displays you’re ability to learn them. You can do this by working hard in your current position, displaying your drive to succeed as well as expressing your interest in progressing.
  • It’s about who you know - We’ve all heard the saying ‘it’s about who you know, not what you know,’ when looking for a job, and this applies within the corporate ladder too. You should always be building workplace relationships with fellow employees, managers and leaders as when a role becomes available, they may look to you first.
  • Note down your accomplishments in your current role - Your manager or boss can’t watch you constantly, so it’s important to keep track of the things you’ve done which could impress them when it comes down to applying for that new role. Think you handled a tough situation well or solved a tricky problem - bring it up during interviews as a great example of why you should be chosen for the role.
  • Remember to apply! It seems obvious, but it’s crucial that you apply yourself to the new role and make it clear that you are putting in the effort to climb that corporate ladder. If your manager or boss can’t see you putting in the effort and showing the desire to progress, it simply won’t happen. Apply yourself!


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Posted: Mon 24 Jun 2019
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