I meet many professionals who have either hit a plateau in their career, or are eager to progress further in their career without having to wait for chance or circumstances to make it happen. All these individuals have one thing in common, that is, they know they are capable of so much more in their career.

Taking that next step in your career involves developing your personal and leadership skills, that will support you to make that next shift in your career. This begins a new journey of career development, as you strive to meet your career aspirations. If we embrace future learning for personal and career development, we will see progress in our career path. However, if we choose to just keep doing what has worked for us up to now, and believe it will take us to where we want to be in the future, then we are most likely going to get stuck on that path, feeling the frustration, confusion and overwhelm of not knowing why we are not progressing in a role that will bring the satisfaction, fulfilment and reward we desire in our career.

“What got you here, won’t get you there” Marshall Goldsmith

Many people believe that moving organisation will solve their problems, and set them on the right path in their career. While this may work for some, it will not work for many others. Getting on the right path in your career, will require you to start working on your personal and career development, which can be achieved without the need to leave your organisation to get on that path.

As you embark on your journey of personal and career development, to get to where you know you are capable in your career, here are 5 steps to help you build your influence and authority within your organisation, to compliment your progress.

1. Build your internal network
2. Know how your organization works
3. Get a sponsor who supports your career aspirations
4. Continuously take small steps outside your comfort zone.
5. Be willing to put yourself out there and take a risk

Ask yourself, how are you marketing yourself within your organisation? What can you start to do differently to move towards where you know you are capable in your career? The outcome is a path to a more fulfilling and rewarding career.

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About the Author

Anne Caulfield is an accredited Executive Coach and Emotional Intelligence Coach, supporting professionals to unleash their full potential, and finding the path to satisfaction and fulfillment in their career. Anne supports her clients through one-to-one coaching, Masterclasses and workshops.  Anne’s ability to enable insight, learning, and deliver results which are outcome and action orientated, makes it a transforming experience for her clients. You can contact Anne at anne@elevateedge.com 

**Anne ranked #37 in the Sage Top 100 Global SME Business Influencers list for 2017*