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I'm already working but want to progress

If you’re already working but are looking ahead to a new role or promotion, start by identifying the skills, knowledge and experience that will take you to the next level.

Maybe it’s time for a big change? Making the leap into a new sector might seem daunting, but it’s not as difficult as you might think- with a wide variety of courses and transferable skills at your disposal, it’s never too late to try something new, and find your way into a sector you’re really interested in.

If you want to find out more about working in a different sector to the one you’re working in now, our Work in Different Sectors gives you information on working in a variety of key sectors in Greater Manchester and the skills you need.

If you want to progress in your current organisation, you could take on new challenges, find a mentor in a more experienced colleague or gain additional qualifications. Being proactive when it comes to volunteering for leadership opportunities will also demonstrate your willingness to take on more responsibility.

Remember that there are a wide variety of part time courses available, and some employers may even be happy to help fund your courses for you, as it means they’ll get an even more skilled employee into the bargain.

Don’t shy away from making your manager aware of your career goals and ask for feedback on your performance to identify areas for improvement. By showing how valuable you are, clearly communicating your desire to progress and being willing to take on additional responsibilities, you will be well-placed to find success in your next role.

You could also consider working with a mentor, either in-person or online, which could boost your confidence as well as provide you with practical guidance and knowledge. It can also help you to boost your social skills, and to network more in your chosen sector.

Don’t forget, learning new skills will take time, but commitment and a willingness to adapt will set you apart in today’s ever-changing job market.

National Careers Service

If you need additional support, then you can contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.