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Avoiding Career Stagnation 
11th Mar, 2018 / News

Do you worry that you may never receive the opportunity to live up to your full potential? Alternatively: have you ever been passed up for a promotion? 

If you answered yes to the first question, then you are probably not alone. According to Forbes Magazine, roughly 70% of all people do not feel adequately valued by their current employer!  

If you answered yes to the second question, then you are absolutely not alone! We have all suffered through a disappointment or two over the course of our lives -- and these professional disappointments can be even more frustrating when it seems that the final decision was not based upon performance alone. Such an experience is enough to leave almost anyone asking all kinds of questions. These include: 

  • Is that less talented person who just got promoted really a better worker than you?
  • Or do they have some kind of special connection?
  • Are you simply a victim of bad luck?

Theoretically, any or all of these answers could be true -- but the most likely explanation is that the person who got promoted does actually have a certain kind of talent that you don't: The talent of getting noticed. 

You see, getting promoted is actually a skill in its own right. And it is a skill that some people are born with, and others are not. However, it is a skill that anyone can learn. If you study the right strategies and approaches, you can propel your career forward and avoid that dreaded midlife stagnation. Here are a few tips that can help you out: 

  • Set goals for yourself. First and foremost, recognize the fact that goal-setting is a prerequisite for advancement. If you don't foresee a better future for yourself, then who will?
  • Be vocal. Don't assume that your boss thinks you want a promotion! Perhaps they think you are happy in your current position. In fact, they may even assume that you don't want to advance for discriminatory reasons! (I.e. She is married and has kids,surely she doesn't want this promotion that requires travel!) Speaking up is the only way to ensure that your boss knows your true career goals, so don't be shy! 
  • Pursue training. Every learning opportunity you receive is an opportunity to advance your career.So whether it's a FAFSA scholarship to take classes at your local community college, or a free chance to study plumbing at your city's trade school -- don't pass it up. Learning is never a bad thing! 
  • Build relationships. Networking leads to many opportunities, both directly and indirectly.So don't miss those industry conferences, LinkedIn meet-ups, or local get-togethers! 
  • Keep an eye on opportunity. Working in a different city, changing to a different industry, or evenrelocating to a new country are all excellent ways of raising your professional ceiling -- so don't overlook anything! 

Do you hope to continue advancing in your hospitality career? A move to the gulf region could be just what you need! Visit We Hoteliers online today for more information!  

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