Can you grow in your career without becoming a manager?

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So often, growth in the corporate world is presumed to become a manager and then keep working your way up the hierarchy. But that isn’t the only way to progress in your career. 

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” We were all asked this question at some point during our childhood. Most kids knew what they wanted to be while others struggled a bit. However, this depicts that were meant to grow.

Growth is a continuous process of life and even more so when it comes to your career. So often, growth in the corporate world is presumed to become a manager and then keep working your way up the hierarchy. But that isn’t the only way to progress in your career and achieve a sense of professional satisfaction. Follow these steps to ensure you continuous growth:

1. Set a goal

Where do you see yourself in the next 2 or 5 years? Maybe you want to make more money, get a promotion or move to a different line of work. Whatever the answer is, you should be honest with yourself. State it clearly and write it down so you can refer to it again and be committed. Be sure to include how you intend to achieve your desired goal as well.  

2. Opportunities

Take the initiative to come out of your comfort zone and understand the running of your organization. If there are classes or training programs that your company offers then avail yourself to attend. Such programs are focused on helping employees to develop their careers. Venture out with your team and coworkers to build a network within your workplace.

3. Take the leap

Instead of waiting for the right time, just make time right. Sometimes all it takes is that leap of faith to find out if you are ready. Before you take it, make sure you can land on your feet or at least have a parachute. Examine whether you have to your full potential in your current role. If yes then take the leap on to the next level of your career. 

4. Personal branding

When you’re not busy working on any project then take up projects that differ from your usual line of work. Find out more about what is being done and the people involved. You not only upgrade your skills but also build on your profile across various departments in the work place.

5. Mentorship

It’s easy to think that you have it all figured out and are heading in the right direction. Having a coach or mentor to guide you on developing your professional skills is important. It may be a person who is in a current role that you aspire to be in. Once you’ve identified who that person is then ask if they’re interested in being part of your growth. If they agree then be receptive to their feedback and constructive criticism. If they decline then you can reach out to certified Career Coaches on Fuzu.

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    Godfrey nazombe | September 28, 2020 15:42

    Nyc

    VICTOR | September 27, 2020 05:56

    Encouraging

    asaba | September 25, 2020 06:32

    This is so mind opening. Thank you.

    NEREAH | September 24, 2020 06:05

    So true... I have focused so much on growing my career through the corporate hierarchy and have not been successful! This is good advice

    JAMES NJAU | September 24, 2020 04:49

    GREAT

    BONGOMIN | September 23, 2020 11:08

    Good lesson 👍

    Khalifa | September 22, 2020 19:27

    I loved the advice thanks to Fuzu

    Emmanuel | September 22, 2020 10:12

    point,,taken,,,Good,deed

    Peter | September 22, 2020 00:58

    Thank you.

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    mutai | September 21, 2020 04:31

    Thanks

    Geoffrey | September 21, 2020 03:09

    Very inspiring and to the point.

    Baaya | September 20, 2020 15:43

    It's a pleasure to have got the knowledge behind this information. Always happy to learn please always do so. Thnx

    Justine | September 20, 2020 12:07

    Great and awesome advice.. Thanks fuzu team.

    Elvis | September 20, 2020 09:26

    Thank you

    justine | September 19, 2020 15:42

    Inspiration

    MERCY | September 19, 2020 12:17

    That's a very good lesson that I have learnt about growth

    Kajilwa | September 19, 2020 10:50

    Most inspering

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    Wow! It's amazing for this advise

    Joash | September 19, 2020 03:55

    thanks,fuzu team

    MYOB O FELI | September 18, 2020 23:53

    Enough advice to us , thankz fuzu team!

    Diana | September 18, 2020 19:15

    Great advise, thank you.

    MAURICE | September 18, 2020 17:58

    Thanks a lot

    Cheruiyot | September 18, 2020 12:32

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    FELIX | September 18, 2020 08:31

    Great thanks Ann, you really have a good reception. keep it up.

    Christine | September 18, 2020 08:10

    Great Inspiration, thank you

    Anne | September 18, 2020 07:54

    Insightful

    ATHANUS | September 18, 2020 06:29

    Words of wisdom, thank you very much.

    JohnBosco | September 18, 2020 04:45

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    Fred | September 18, 2020 03:30

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    Vincent | September 17, 2020 19:39

    Thanks,good advice

    Peter | September 17, 2020 18:42

    Quite insightful and educative, keep it up

    Joseph ekulume | September 17, 2020 17:41

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    GERALD | September 17, 2020 17:14

    Thanks how can l make it

    Victor | September 17, 2020 17:02

    Great Advise and the best way to learn.

    Lawrence | September 17, 2020 16:27

    Good advise

    JAMES | September 17, 2020 16:07

    Great and very constructive

    Emmanuel | September 17, 2020 16:04

    Indeed inspiring

    Atumanya | September 17, 2020 15:37

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    SOLOMON | September 17, 2020 15:11

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    Benard | September 17, 2020 14:55

    Thanks for the encouragement, that's why I had chose fuzu

    Aturinda | September 17, 2020 14:36

    Nice concept

    Apamaku | September 17, 2020 13:41

    Thanks for the inspiration

    Kongai | September 17, 2020 13:34

    So encouraging, thank you

    ROSEMARY | September 17, 2020 13:17

    Thanks for the Insight, I really needed that eye-opener.

    Richard | September 17, 2020 12:47

    very inspiring indeed

    ZALWANGO | September 17, 2020 12:38

    Thank you for the insight

    IRANGI | September 17, 2020 12:23

    Awesome thoughts. Very encouraging and very insightful

    BRENDA | September 17, 2020 12:14

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    Sauti | September 17, 2020 12:51

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    Patience | September 17, 2020 11:39

    Thanks for the insights. It's good to add the point in these. I suggest also with those insights we add "understanding the organizational culture of any organization" Thanks again and God bless you.

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    Brenda | September 17, 2020 10:59

    Thanks for the encouragement on career path

    JULIET | September 17, 2020 10:34

    WOW so encouraging - thank you

    YADA | September 17, 2020 10:01

    So so inspiring,

    JUDITH | September 17, 2020 09:49

    Very good insights on career growth!

    ELIZABETH | September 17, 2020 09:45

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    JUDITH | September 17, 2020 09:44

    Thanks for the good insights on Career Growth

    NAIMA | September 17, 2020 08:56

    very inspiring ..thank you

    GLADYS | September 17, 2020 08:55

    awesome information

    IGNITIAS | September 17, 2020 08:45

    I like the issues discussed here and i need to start now

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    Asiimwe | September 17, 2020 08:38

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    Fuzu | September 17, 2020 09:33

    You are welcome Assimwe.

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    Andre | September 17, 2020 10:02

    Thanks for the heads up update. You are right and on point.

    CHARLES | September 17, 2020 08:27

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    Fuzu | September 17, 2020 09:31

    Thank you too Charles!

    Duncan | September 17, 2020 08:24

    It is encouraging,thanks.

    Duncan | September 17, 2020 08:21

    Well put,thank you

    Suzan | September 17, 2020 08:21

    So inspiring

    joseph | September 17, 2020 08:20

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    Samson | September 17, 2020 08:17

    Wow its amazing point noted

    Joseph | September 17, 2020 08:08

    Good comments

    WANDUYI | September 17, 2020 08:06

    Inspiring wisdom! Thank you.

    collins | September 17, 2020 08:05

    Wow so inspiring. What an article 👍

    MARTIN | September 17, 2020 08:04

    Nice......keep up

    Peter | September 17, 2020 07:59

    All well said in such a brief , articulated style. Assante.

    Mercy | September 17, 2020 07:59

    Inspiring

    Kamoga Denis | September 17, 2020 07:57

    Good advise thnx

    Eunice | September 17, 2020 07:50

    Encouraging, thanks alot

    Tindi | September 17, 2020 07:45

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    Protus | September 17, 2020 07:44

    Thanks for the teaching

    PERIZ | September 17, 2020 07:37

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    Epuret ben | September 17, 2020 07:34

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    Fuzu | September 17, 2020 09:34

    Thank you too Ben!

    ARIKIZA | September 17, 2020 07:30

    Inspiring

    Samuel | September 17, 2020 07:29

    I have been inspired.Thank you.

    Daniel | September 17, 2020 06:57

    Very inspiring

    DANIEL | September 17, 2020 06:44

    much motivated. good work

    Jennipher | September 17, 2020 06:27

    Awesome

    Flora | September 17, 2020 05:49

    Wisdom words

    EUNICE | September 17, 2020 05:40

    nice teachings.Thank you

    Auma | September 17, 2020 05:21

    Thanks

    SARAH | September 17, 2020 05:17

    Great article!

    yophes | September 17, 2020 05:06

    like it

    Everlyne | September 17, 2020 04:54

    Nice piece,deep insight and I like it. Thank you.

    Widen | September 17, 2020 04:46

    Good piece.Thank you for the insight.

    Nimusiima | September 17, 2020 04:35

    Wao. Inspiring.

    Sekitoleko | September 17, 2020 04:29

    THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL INSIGHTS

    Isaiah | September 17, 2020 04:22

    Wow!encouraging

    Harrison | September 17, 2020 04:21

    Really encouraging

    Humphrey macharia | September 17, 2020 04:09

    Have done personality test and indentify my strength and my type so I think I need to grow it

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    Fuzu | September 17, 2020 09:36

    This is good, keep discovering and growing yourself Humphrey.

    Ngageno | September 17, 2020 03:45

    Beautiful leason am so grateful for this advise

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    Fuzu | September 17, 2020 09:36

    Thank you Ngageno!


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