3 Strategies for Advancing Your Career

Are you struggling to plan your next career move? Consider these career planning strategies to find your next job opportunity.

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Career planning isn't like it used to be. Employees today do not expect to stay at the same company for the long haul, capping their careers with a retirement party and a gold watch. Today, if you want a rewarding career, you've got to think creatively about your long-term strategy, and upskill along the way to ensure your professional skills remain relevant. 
Consider these three strategies to advance your career:
  1. Take a lateral move in the same company to develop new skills you can leverage for future advancement. Think about where you want to end up in five or ten years. What skills will you need to reach that level? If your current job won't help you build those skills, ask to move to another position within the same company to development the skills you need to advance your career in the direction you want it to go.
  2. Find a similar role in another industry that will give you a different perspective on how your current skills can be used. Using the same skills in a different environment can give you a fresh perspective on your career all around. You may even find better opportunities for advancement if you are stuck in an industry that is being affected by automation. 
  3. Transition to a new role in another company (in the same industry) which will allow you to develop new skills and get a fresh perspective on skills you already have. A new role in the same industry and a different company can help you develop new skills that you can use to advance your career. There's no shame in moving from one company to another. In fact, today's employers expect such movements of personnel and see it as a way to develop talent for leadership. If you like your current company, you can always return when you've honed your new skills and want further advancement.
In today's world of work it is critical for employees to be their own career advocates. Use these experiences to chart a path of advancement that makes sense for your career. You can begin by starting a career conversation with your manager. 
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