Everyone in their career desires to grow at least by one step with in 2 years but unfortunately most people get stuck in one position for several years without find growing. As somebody who has been able to grow in a less time, I feel I should share something.
After my Accounting degree, I really wanted to have a successful career working with multinationals or International NGOs and I did all it takes to find such opportunities including applying for every opportunity I came cross bit in the newspapers or online.
I know there are people who still believe that you can’t get a job without connections but myself will testify that I have been able to get several opportunities in just a very small period of my career without any connection.
Back to my story. So, I was working with for one of the telecoms as an account assistant about 4 years back and I really felt my Job at that time wasn’t giving me a ground to grow based on many factors and I realised it was time for me to move on which is the same advice, I would give anyone else who feels their current job doesn’t give them an opportunity to grow.
I wanted to switch my career to NGOs and I started by researching about their work from Internet, consulted from friends who were there and aligned my experience to match what these organisations do.
After 3 months of applying, I got an Interview invitation from one International NGO for an Accountant position and I will tell you that this was my first interview with NGOs and I got the Job.
After joining, I prioritised finishing my professional course and in 6 months, I was done. I emailed my certificate to the HR to update my employee records. If you too finished any academic qualification, let your employer know!
I did my best at work and showed that I was capable and one time one of the finance managers, I was reporting to resigned. I acted for them in that position until they found a replacement. While acting, I did my best and the bosses in the organisation got to know that I was a valuable employee during that time.
After one year, there came a manager vacancy in the organisation, it required 5 years’ experience, I had only 3 but wasn’t afraid to try it out. Guess what I shined in the interviews because I had mastered my work and showed I was ready to grow.
In just one year as a finance manager, I was voted the best male employee of the year.
I know you are wondering how I have achieved all these in a small time and I believe this makes you believe that you can grow in your career if you are aggressive enough to go after what you want.