Professional Development: How to Achieve Career Advancement in 2024


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Advancing in your career takes more than just a good work ethic and job performance. It takes being proactive in your networking, continually developing, and changing the way others perceive you. Instead of hoping that your dream career will fall into your lap, learn about the ways you can intentionally make your dreams a reality. 


Define Your Goals

Before you can advance in your career, you need to know where you’re going. Success in a career means something different to everyone. Before you can begin climbing the ladder, define where you want to end up, set measurable goals, and determine a timeline for yourself. 

Actively Network

A key to advancing in your career, either within the company you work for or through new employment opportunities, is networking with the right people. Attend lots of networking events, be confident in yourself, make genuine connections, and maintain the relationships you do make because you never know when an opportunity could arise. Similarly, be a good contact to those you network with and help them with their own goals, and they will likely be more apt to return the favor. If you work remotely or don’t have a lot of networking opportunities, you can always network online and find other opportunities to connect within your community. 


Find a Mentor

Within your network, try to identify one—if not multiple—mentors. These mentors should be especially experienced in the field you work in, and ideally hold, or have held, the positions that you are seeking. They can help you navigate your career path and give you advice on how you can improve and what steps you can take to advance along your career path. 


Ask for Feedback

From your mentors, co-workers, and bosses, make sure you are asking for regular feedback on your job performance and work ethic. You likely have weaknesses you can’t see yourself, and some constructive criticism could help you reach your full potential. Be sure to ask colleagues who you know would give you honest yet constructive feedback. And make sure you are also open to receiving and implementing that feedback effectively. 

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Learn Marketable Skills

A part of continuing along your career path is constant improvement and learning. That can mean becoming a greater expert in your field, but it can also mean acquiring new skills that can make you more marketable and attractive to employers. This could be learning a new language, learning different software applications, and additional certifications or formal education that are all relevant to your work. This can help you be more attractive to other employers, or it can help you advance in your current company as you gain a greater resume. 


Challenge Yourself

An employee who coasts is not going to stand out when promotions come along. Be willing to tackle and volunteer for hard projects, give more than a minimum effort, and push yourself out of your comfort zone when it comes to executing your work projects. This will not only allow you to shine as an exemplary employee, but it will allow you to become a better, more well-rounded employee as well, which makes you even more likely to find success in your career and reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. 

Dress the Part

It may sound simple, but dressing for the job you want has its merits. Dressing appropriately for your job shows that you take your job seriously and that you’re willing to put effort into your work. It always makes a good first impression when you’re interviewing or networking. First impressions are hard to shake, so ensure you’re always ready to make a good one by matching your appearance to your career projection and goals.

That’s Where Stately Comes In

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Sade Owens
Writer based in Los Angeles, CA