I got my job promotion to a manager in the year 2017. As a manager, I was given new responsibilities and I have mastered them all over the years. I am one of the top performers in my department and my peers recognizes that I am operating at a higher level.
This month, we will be getting our bonuses and promotion. The disappointing news is that I am not getting any job promotion. People who recently joined my company have a higher job title and those that started later than me have also been promoted. I have talked to my boss about it but did not obtain a satisfactory answer.
Below are some things that I have learnt.
A job done well in a corporate world doesn’t guarantee a promotion
Doing your job well or even doing more work than the others does not necessary guarantee you a job promotion. I have worked longer hours and put in extra effort than the others but it does not guarantee you success.
However, the extra effort put in does help me build up my work experiences. You learn more by doing more.
You have to take your own charge of your career
There are always options out there to take yourself to a higher level. We should never put the responsibility of our career development on our bosses. If your boss have no career plans for you, you may never get the job promotion you wanted.
One thing I have learnt is that we have to continue to learn and uplift our skills so that we can stay relevant and valuable to the job market.
Always keep your resume updated and lookout for good positions out there in the job market.
Do not over rely on your job
We all know that higher responsibilities command a higher salary. What if you never gotten the higher job role you wanted?
That is where having an alternative or passive income matters. Start investing right now if you have not started. You can also start a side hustle if you have any brilliant ideas.
Life is never fair
I wrote the same thing last year. When we worked, the goal is not to be recognized or to be rewarded, the goal is to be VALUABLE. Because when you are valuable, the recognition and rewards will come naturally!