Career progression

Practical tips to help you move forward in your career.

Practical tips to help you move forward in your career.

Moving forward in your career

You’ve got a job you love in an industry you want to work in. Even if that’s the case, you probably don’t want to stay in the same position forever.

Some careers have clear progression routes. In others, the push might be up to you. 

If you’re not sure what’s open to you in your current job, have a chat with your manager. Talk through what options are available in terms of training

Five things you can do to progress your career

Try these tips to put yourself in a good position to move forward.


Find a mentor

Mentors can help you identify and work on the skills you need to succeed at work. You’ll also have support if you’re having any difficulties.


Use your appraisals

Feedback helps you understand what you’re doing well and what you can improve. It’s also an opportunity to set, or keep track of, development goals.


Make a plan

Once you’ve identified some goals, start planning steps which could help you get there.


Know your industry

Keep up to date with news reports and journals. Make yourself a go-to person for information – and understand more about where you want to be.



Take time to meet people and make connections throughout your company. You’ll get your face known and hear about opportunities.

Setting goals

Creating goals helps you understand what you want to achieve. And, it helps you keep track of what you've done so far.

The SMART technique helps when you're deciding what to do.