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Guide to career advancement

While you might be perfectly happy in your current job, there are plenty of reasons why you should always be on the lookout for career advancement opportunities. Not only will you be able to earn more money from promotions or job changes, but you'll also be able to build up your CV in the process.

What is career advancement?

Career advancement is the term used for seeking out any of a number of potential opportunities to help you push forward with your career. These opportunities can include on the job training, further education, promotions, taking on additional responsibilities or switching employers.

Given the troubles being felt around the world by the current economic problems in Europe and the United States, it makes sense for people to do everything they can in order to push up the corporate ladder in order to improve their quality of life.

How can I open up these opportunities?

The most common way to advance your career is to take a look at some of the training schemes offered by your employer. It is usually in your employer's best interest to ensure that you have plenty of training opportunities available to you in order to reduce the costs associated with hiring specialists to carry out particular tasks.

The best way to find out what training is available to you is to speak to your human resources department, or your direct supervisor. Explain to them that you feel you could do more for the company, and would appreciate the opportunity to improve your skill set.

What if my employer doesn't offer training?

You may find that there is no specific training unit or training courses available to you in your current job. This doesn't mean that you can't find career advancement opportunities for yourself.

There are plenty of further education courses available to adults across the United Kingdom, as well as night classes in a wide range of different subjects.

Is there anything else to keep in mind?

Career advancement is rarely as straightforward as you would like, but by keeping your ear to the ground you should be able to find plenty of opportunities. It pays to try to identify what your company is lacking, so that you can work on getting the kind of training necessary to fill that gap.

If you find that you have hit a brick wall in your current job, then it may be a good idea to start looking elsewhere for a position that will allow you to grow your skill set, while earning more money into the bargain.

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