So, you have gotten the job you wanted. Getting a good job is great; however, career progression from then on is important too. Career progression is the process of an employee increasing in work skills, and in the responsibilities handed over to him/her over a period of time.  In most companies, there is a reward system that gifts employees a leadership position in exchange for excellent work done over sometime. Usually, getting promoted to a higher position is a clear evidence of career progression.

Not to take anything for granted, why are promotions important? And why should you work for one? Here are a few reasons why you should take promotions seriously:

  • It of course, comes with better pay.
  • The chances of job satisfaction increase.
  • It is an evidence that you are updated with relevant skills in your industry.

Now, that we agree promotions are important. How do you work to get a promotion? And how do you prove to the decision makers that you are worth promotion? Here are 4 steps to get you at the front of a line for a promotion.

  • Be qualified for the position

This is key. Take people that have held that position as examples. What kind of certifications do they have? Every role has educational and work standards because those roles come with more complex responsibilities and leadership. For example, accountants usually count as important ICAN and ACCA qualifications. Human Resources personnel count the CIPM as important too.

Start from there. The logic is to get the position, you should at least be qualified for it. Also, when you do get the promotion, you don’t want to appear unworthy to your colleagues (and the outside world).

  • Do Important work well.

In the law of natural selection, the “tough” survive at the expense of others. Companies tend to keep records of performance and for important reason. Do important work well. How do you demonstrate that you would fare well if given more responsibilities? Do the ones you have on you excellently well. It is important. In doing important work, please note the following:

1) Be creative.

2) Learn to delegate some work.

3) Learn team work. Leaders should be able to work well with others and motivate them to do good work too.

4) Take credit for what you do.

NOTE: In most work places, “important work” means ss

  • Get along with your superiors.

You are not planning a coup. Nobody loves a coup plotter anyway, especially if they will feel threatened in their own position. It is important to have a good working relationship with everyone. Team work is an important skill that leaders must possess.

A good working relationship with top management, your immediate superiors and your subordinates is important.

  • Show Interest in the Position.

This is the tricky part. It is important to not come off as desperate for a senior position. Do not also show interest if your superiors have not seen you do excellent work. It might be your undoing. However, you should show you are interested in moving up the career ladder by taking the cue to do senior work.


You can also advance on the career ladder by landing a leadership role in a different company. From experience, some special cases occur where office politics may blur the prospects of career advancement in that organization. Also, career progress for few might culminate in setting up their own companies. For these two options, the steps earlier highlighted for career progression also apply to them.

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