Top 5 tips on advancing in your career in 2019!

Posted 07/01/2019 : By: Natasha Robson

Top 5 tips on advancing in your career in 2019!

With 2019 upon us we are look forwards to the year ahead and how you can enhance your career prospects with additional duties, training and qualifications. The automotive industry is currently suffering from a skill shortage, particularly on the technical side however no matter what role you are in there is always scope to develop and better yourself, for your own individual goals and for the benefit of your employer. Below we give some useful tips on how to advance in your career.

  • Have a long-term plan, by long term – where do you see yourself in 3 – 5 years? Break this down into smaller goals and time frames. If you are currently working as a Car Sales Executive but your long-term goal is to be a Sales Manager what does that career path look like to you? Once you have this career path set out it will become a lot easier to focus on how to make it reality.

  • What training do you need to get to where you want to be? Approach your Manager with your career goals, this could be a good topic for your next review. Most Managers will happily support employees to gain additional qualifications and skills if they are in line with the company’s own sector and business plan. If your Manager isn’t on board with the additional costs or time away from the business, they may need some guarantee or reassurance that the additional skills gained will be for their benefit and not to help you reach career enhancement with another company.

  • Are their additional responsibilities that you can take on that will help your Manager to run the department more effectively? By putting your hand up and voluntarily taking on additional duties you will naturally be looked at as a more senior member of the team by both your peers and your managers. This will put you at the forefront when promotion opportunities arise. If they don’t then after you have proved your worth with the additional responsibility then you have a good case for putting yourself forward and suggesting a promotion.

  • Create value to the company, are you the face of your company to your customers? By networking and putting yourself in a frontline position with your customers provided you are doing a sterling job you are increasing not just the repeat custom to the business and your link to the brand but also your own value to the business. Get out there and shout from the rooftops about how great your Employer is and represent your company. It will go a long way.

  • Stay ahead with industry news, movers and shakers, new products, competitors etc after all knowledge is power. By keeping up to date with your trade you will demonstrate your long term commitment to your role.