# 21 Podcast Transcript

3 tips to progress in your Job

Hello! And welcome to Not Your Forever Job, the show that helps you get clear and confident in your career so you can get the job and life you truly want! I’m Hayley Loren, a career coach award winning engineer and science presenter.

This is the final episode of Season 2 and I want to leave you with 3 tips to progress in your career, because it’s safe to say, we all want to move forward.

It may be that you fear…

… not achieving success

….or wasting or running out of time to progress.

….Or you might worry about being overlooked and not getting more responsibilities.

These are all very normal fears. And I’m guessing that you’re a pretty driven person and you take pride in the work you do and you want to be able to progress forward and create a career on your terms. Both financially and fulfilment wise.

If you have any of these fears or your in a situation right now where you feel you’re not progressing or you’re moving too slowly then these 3 tips will help you. So let’s get stuck in, grab a notepad if you can and remove distractions.  

Tip 1 Get clear on what and why

This might sound simple but the thing is, very often people can be unclear about how they want to progress and what it even means to them. 

There’s the obvious elements like more money and more responsibility, but you need to be even clearer than this.

When you’re crystal clear on how you want to progress it means you can create a strategic plan to get there.

If you’re not clear then essentially you’re letting the company your in or your bosses or other people decide where you need to go and this means you’re not in the drivers seat of your own life.

For example, in engineering, chartership is a route that many people follow and it becomes this expectation. Sometimes, people follow this route because it’s just what you do. Knowing whether chartership is something you even want yourself is important. 

If you’re not clear on what you want, how you want to progress then you could end up down a random path and then in 10 years you’re left wondering how you got there.

So there’s questions like, Do you want your bosses job some day? Do you want to get management experience? Do you even want to progress within the company you’re currently at?

And then you need to be thinking about WHY you want it. Why do you want to become a manager? Why do you want more responsibility in a particular area? Is it because you’ve learnt everything you can in your current job and you’re ready for a challenge?  Is it because you’ve done some work in a particular area of the business and you’d love to do more?  Is it because you want to be able to help more people? Or support the people around you? 

Notice whether there’s any thoughts in your mind like “I SHOULD be at this level by now”, or “I need to manage someone”, or “I’m falling behind” or “other people have progressed and I haven’t”. These sorts of thoughts actually hold you back from progression because they’re coming from a negative place. If you’re able to turn these thoughts around to think how you can help other people, how you can contribute, how what you learn can impact others in a positive way. THIS a stronger reason for progression and it’s more likely to drive you further and this is why it’s a fundamental part of the coaching I do. Because understanding your why will help you to be confidence and certain that you’re following the right path for you. 

Now if you’re struggling with knowing why you want to progress or you want to dig deeper into understanding what’s driving you then check out episodes 2. How to find fulfilment and purpose and 3. How to decide your career direction.   

Tip 2 – Get clear on WHY you haven’t progressed yet

A lot of the time we can feel things are moving slowly or you get passed over but you don’t know why. You may feel dishearetend, jealous and even a little bit resentful.

Allow these feelings to fuel you to understand why you haven’t yet progressed. I don’t mean go storming into your bosses office to complain. I mean carefully and compassionately try to figure out what the hell is going on.

It might be that there aren’t any opportunities in your company right now. If things are tough, they can only give you the work they have available. This is a difficult part of working for another company (and why I started my own coaching and presenting business) because you’re at the whim of other people doing well. This is something you have little control over.

It might be because your boss feels you don’t have the appropriate skills yet. If this is the case, it is their job to support and help you. Now coming from a STEM background and working in engineering I’m fully aware there are many companies out there who don’t support and train their staff effectively. If you’re not getting the right support and if they’re not helping you to become someone that is able to progess then you have two choices. Either you take control of what you need to learn and the gaps you need to fill, and make it happen. As in, you go to the people in your business who make decisions and you ask them directly for support. Or if you’ve already done this and nothing has happened, then it may be time to leave and I’d recommend you listen to episode 7 Is it time for a job change? This episode will help you figure out if it’s time to leave your job.

There are many other reasons why you may not have progressed, a big one is that the decision makers are too busy. They may be so overloaded that they’ve not thought about your progression fully. Maybe your boss is someone is amazing when you manage to get them in a room, but when it comes to following through on promises and support, they let you down. Or they might not give a shit. Some bosses just don’t care. They’re there to do the work and that’s it. These bosses are not leaders. They are a walking example of how not to lead and actually you can learn a lot from it.

Tip 3 – Make it happen

You are the only person that should be in the drivers seat of your career. Not your boss, not the company you work for and certainly not your family or society. Only YOU. If you feel you’re not in the drivers seat then it’s time to make it happen. can’t sit around and wait to be handed promotions, you need to make it happen yourself and there’s two main ways you can do this.

Find ways to step-up in your existing company. If your boss is super busy, are there ways you can help them. If somebody has quit or is away and there’s a bottleneck of work, can you take the initiative and do some of that work? A lot of the time you need to start helping before you’re asked or told. Depending on the dynamic and culture of your own company, obviously you don’t want to rub anyone up the wrong way. BUT, stepping up means using iniative. I DON’T mean say yes to everything. You need to be strategic. If you’ve got your eye on a particular role, how can you prove you have what it takes for that role?

The second way to make it happen is to leave. Often when you’ve been with a company for a long time they forget about you or take you for granted. To move forward, get more pay and step up, leaving is often the best bet. Sometimes in engineering and STEM secondments happen where you essentially get a promotion, but often this is temporary. 

So to summarise, get clear on what progression means to you, figure out exactly what you want and why you want it, understand WHY you haven’t progressed yet to see if you can solve any of these challenges and then make it happen. You need to rise up, take control of your career and use your initiative because nobody is going to hand you anything. So if you’re waiting to be recognised, don’t. You need to take action and make it happen. You can create your own opporinities. And I’m saying this as someone who went from being a personal assistant to working on some of the largest wind projects in the world and now running my own business. Nobody handed me any of that. I got support of course, but in order for people to WANT to support me, I did the work and used initative.  And I’m not saying this to show off, I’m saying it because I’ve seen that the people who progress in life are the people who make things happen. This doesn’t mean being dishonest, fake or treading on other people. It simply means being in the drivers seat of your own life and career.

So to make this happen, because you are going to make this happen, I want you to write down one action that you can take to progress. Is this to get clearer in what you want, to have a discussion with your boss, to  identify where you can step up or maybe it’s to decide if it’s time for a job change. Take action and take control of your own progression. There is ALWAYS something you can do.  Then I want you to message me what that action is on twitter or instagram and my handles are @TheHayleyLoren.

And if you need more help in your career then you can also sign up to my FREE Weekly Career Boost, which is a weekly email of positive vibes and career support.   and you can also get your Free career clarity guide which is a downloadable PDF full of questions to help you understand where you’re at in your career and how to move forward Just head to www.hayleyloren.com/coaching and I’ll also put links in the show notes.

That’s it from me today and I’ll be back with you in a few weeks!

Hayley


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