As you look into 2014 with renewed eyes, inspiration to make this year count, and the passion to do what you love…maybe you need to consider what you can do to advance your career so you can be satisfied at the other end! As you read through these steps to setting yourself on the path to career success, be aware that we can help you along the way!


Climbing the management ladder to success is not something to be left to chance. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula. In fact, no two management consultants would agree completely on any certain recipe for reaching the top job. They would agree, however, that, if you are ambitious to reach the top, then the best person to help you get there is yourself. So here are a few guidelines to help you on your way…

1. Be prepared.

There are no better candidates for advancement than those who, while handling their own jobs in exemplary fashion, have also prepared themselves for the job above theirs. Keep close to the people whose job you want, for they often have much to say about their successors.

2. Attend seminars and courses regularly.

The sharpening of management skills through continuing education is essential for effective managers. Additionally, exposure to other managers at seminars and conferences is stimulating.

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Professional Development Workshops can also be fun!

3. Build your own management library.

Exposure to the literature of management is vital to one who would manage. Management is a profession that can be taught, read about, and learned. Build up a personal management library – and use it.

4. Subscribe to at least one top management journal.

A good management journal is the primary source of new ideas and information and is an essential tool for managers who need to be up to date with the latest in the field.

5. Join at least one professional association.

Such associations provide the opportunity to ‘get a fix’ on the job; to mix with others facing similar problems and seeking similar answers; to break the daily routine; to hear professionals present subjects of managerial interest.

6. Be seen.

Become visible and known by name – through networking, attending conferences and seminars, writing for professional journals and newsletters, joining committees and taskforces, being active in professional associations, and attending company social get-togethers.

7. Develop a questioning mind.

A questioning mind is alert to change, is constantly in search of facts, relates facts to situations and projects them into future possibilities, views interruptions as opportunities, and seeks and explores relationships among facts, situations, and people.

8. Lead from the front.

Support the efforts of your subordinates. By helping their careers, you ensure strong loyalty. Build a strong team around you to complement your skills, and undertake team tasks crucial to your organisation’s success. Publicise the results.

9. Dedicate yourself to the organisation.

Show your interest and dedication to the organisation. Take on new assignments. Tackle existing tasks in different ways. Talk shop with your colleagues.

10. Build a reputation as a forward-looking manager.

Broad-mindedness, appreciation of innovation, creativity – all have a place in the portfolio of a modern manager. Experiment with applying new approaches to executive problems and routine tasks.

11. Be aware of the company culture.

If you want to climb the company ladder, be aware of the company culture. If others wear white shirts and ties, don’t wear turtlenecks; if others work twelve-hour days, don’t arrive at 9.00 and leave at 4.30; if others work as a team, don’t hog the spotlight. On the other hand, if you want to be nonconformist, start by outperforming the others.

12. See yourself as a winner.

Understand the politics of your organisation and the values of each level within it and match your achievements to them. Be ready to make firm, sometimes unpopular, decisions. Be loyal, but don’t jeopardise your career. Use talented people to cover your weaknesses. Be realistic about your strengths, weaknesses, and ambitions.

13. Remember also…

  • Review your performance continually. Spend 15 minutes at the end of each week considering your successes and mistakes, and learn from them.
  • Be determined to improve. Experience alone will not bring improvement. Welcome constructive criticism.
  • Find a nonjudgmental mentor who will help you by providing feedback, suggestions, challenges, and support.
  • Ask yourself continually, ‘How can I proactively determine my own destiny?


If you think that training may be a beneficial part of your career development this year, we have just what you need! Our qualifications range from Management, to Business, to Civil Construction,  including the Certificate IV in Frontline ManagementCertificate IV in Small Business ManagementDiploma of BusinessDiploma of ManagementDiploma of Project ManagementCertificate IV in Civil Construction SupervisionDiploma of Civil Construction ManagementAdvanced Diploma of Civil Construction and many more! Also, if you think that you would prefer to work on skills, we encourage you to take a look out our short courses which include… Personal ProductivityBusiness WritingTime ManagementMeeting ManagementPresentation Skills and more!

If you feel that this is something you’d like to know more about, please contact us on freecall 1800 998 500 or email Anne at [email protected]