You have a very strong desire to climb the corporate ladder. You want to learn and experience new things and be given new and challenging responsibilities. You believe you’re ready for them now. But, your company structure is such that you have to wait at least another year before you will even be considered for a promotion.
Don’t give up on your dreams just because you’re being told no. Exceptions can always be made. Rules can change.
Certain companies have promotional structures that require a set number of years of service to even be considered for a promotion. In some (if not many) cases, years of experience at another company may not even be considered. So what should you do?
Don’t give up – Giving up does you no good. The only thing that will come from giving up is regret. We regret too many things in life as it is. We don’t need to regret anything else.
If you give up working towards your goal, you will never reach it. Giving up will likely mean you will stop working as diligently as you have. You will stop being recognized for successes (because they likely won’t happen anymore). If you give up and stop putting forth maximum effort, you’re going to get bored.
Clarify your expectations – What do you really expect to happen? Is what happened what you really expected? Were your expectations different from your desires? You’ve got to be real with yourself. You know your company well enough to know what to expect. Determine if your desires are capable of meeting your expectations.
I’ve had personal experience with this throughout my career. I “expected” certain promotions at least a year before I knew they would come. Why did I “expect” to be promoted? Because I thought I deserved it. Many times, deserving something isn’t enough. All the stars had to align for me to get promoted. After a promotion, it was much easier for me to look back and see how my desire to be promoted should not have been an expectation.
Talk with someone in the position – You want to be promoted to a certain position in your company. That’s great! You need to start performing the responsibilities of that position prior to promotion. The only way to truly find out what those responsibilities are is to talk to someone in that position.
Let’s take my public accounting career for example. I desire and expect to become a partner one day. I could just continue performing my current responsibilities and hope my hard work will be noticed. Or, I can talk to a partner (or several) and ask them what responsibilities they have that differ from mine. Once I know what those responsibilities are, I can start working on them. Now that will get noticed.
The corporate world can be very difficult. Sometimes you just want to quit running the rat race and change jobs. Guess what…the rat race will continue in your next job too.
Don’t give up. Stay the course. If you’re considering giving up, contact me. I’ll help you figure out what you really want to do. Don’t let office politics, low pay or bad bosses get the best of you. Only make a change if you KNOW that change will be better.