I feel stuck in my job. I want a promotion, and a pay rise to go with it. But there never seems to be a good time to ask, what can I do?
If you’re looking to further develop your career – seeking a promotion or a more senior role, you want to be able to have THAT talk with your manager and ask for it.
You may argue that there’s never a right time to ask for more money. It’s amazing how many excuses we can come up with.
Maybe you are not quite sure how to broach it with your manager or how to get approval for spending money on your own professional training and development.
It’s important to be very clear about what it is you want to do going forward. Think about what you want to achieve and how it’s going to serve the organisation you’re working for.
If you want to do a special training course, can you explain how is it going to add value?
What will you learn and how are you going to use that in your role to benefit the employer?
It is worth taking some time to figure out what you want to say, being specific about what you are seeking, being realistic about your expectations and being prepared for the answer to be no, or that the answer may be yes, but not right now.
Any money your employer spends on your further training and development is an investment in you. And there will usually follow an expectation of a return on that investment.
So, take the time to self-reflect and consider
- How do you want to develop your professional career?
- What are your future goals?
- What are the next steps?
Preparing yourself for these kinds of conversations can be an arduous process and something that you never actually get around to doing when it’s not part of your normal routine.
Seeking professional help, like a career coach can help you figure out the answers to these questions and can help you explore the resources available to you within your industry.
Need help getting your next promotion?
Call Angela Couch (NZ Career Coach) on 0226467818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free consultation.