Change Programs - It's not about technology

by Elise Stevens | Futureproof Your Career Podcast

Often when we think about advancing our career, we assume we’ll have to leave our current organisation, but there are benefits to staying and harnessing internal opportunities.

In this podcast, Elise Stevens speaks with career development coach Nicole Tschierske about why you shouldn’t assume you’ve exhausted all your options where you are right now.

According to Nicole, whether you can advance your career within your organisation depends on your credibility, connections and communication.

Points raised in this podcast:

  • Some people seem to reach a level within an organisation, before leaving for a while and returning to the organisation at a higher level. Others jump around from one organisation to another while others have thriving careers in one workplace.
  • Benefits to advancing your career within your organisation include knowing the environment and having an established network.
  • If your current colleagues have a poor perception of you, this can make advancing your career within your organisation more challenging, however if people know you are a good person and a hard worker, they are more likely to give you a second chance.
  • The micro-climates of different departments within large organisations can differ greatly so don’t assume another role won’t be a better fit.
  • You will present yourself best if you know your own credibility – your skills and achievements. Make sure you know your strengths and how they make you the right candidate for any role.
  • The connections you have across the organisation are important. It is easy to assume you are being overlooked because people are playing favourites, but it is only human to trust the people we know more than the people we don’t know as well.
  • Consider if you communicate in a way that is influential and inspires action that gets results. Good communication is also about being able to have difficult conversations.
  • Sometimes there is simply limited or no positions available at the time you want to step up. In this case, you can consider if there are changes you can make within your current role to make it more exciting and allow you to develop new strengths.
  • Employers sometimes take their long-term employees for granted, downplaying their ambitions or not taking their requests for career advancement seriously. However, hiring is expensive, so sometimes putting the threat of resignation on the table can make your employer take notice of your request.
  • Career advancements don’t happen overnight. Think in six- to twelve-month horizons.
  • Creating a career for yourself where you enjoy what you do every day can mean passing up some opportunities when the timing is wrong.
  • Consider doing roles that no one else wants.

About Nicole:

Nicole is passionate about helping overlooked women in STEM become influential, so they can confidently unlock new opportunities for themselves, get their employers saying, “we need you on this job!” and make a bigger impact. As a Scientist and Positive Psychology Coach, Nicole helps her clients strategically turn their career frustrations into a renewed love for their work.

You can connect with Nicole on LinkedIn.