Stuck in Your Career? How to Rise Up & Get Promoted

It’s not uncommon for a person to feel stuck at a job. Even if you’re in the career field of your dreams, it can be pretty tough when you get passed up for promotions. Before you know it, things have become stale and you dread going to work.

If you’ve found yourself in a weird place with your career, it’s time to get out of that rut and take some action. When you follow these steps, you’ll breathe new life into your job, climb the corporate ladder and enjoy new experiences.

1. Initiative

It’s important to take initiative. When a boss is running a company, they have a million things on their plate. The last thing they want to do is hold your hand as an employee and show you what to work on. If you see a need, do your best to fill it. At the core, be a problem solver.

For example, if you see that the secretary has been struggling with adapting to a new system in the office, do your best to see how you can assist. If the janitorial service isn’t doing a great job, do some research to find out what company could be a better fit.

To some, it may seem like you’re kissing up to the boss. However, taking initiative is a part of being a strong team player. That’s nothing to be ashamed of.

2. Education

There are certain doors you can’t walk into unless you have the right educational background. There’s no way you’d want a med school dropout delivering your baby. If you’re looking for a good OB/GYN doctor, you’ll want someone who has their medical degree.

If you’d like to climb the corporate ladder, you’ll need to invest time and money into your education. Look into obtaining advanced certifications and degrees. If you’re in a field like coding or programming, it makes sense to look into oracle training to help strengthen your skill set.

3. Leadership Skills

Check out some of the top CEOs in the country. In most cases, it’s not hard to see what their patterns are. In interviews, many successful leaders tell others that they read on a daily basis, learn how to care about people and develop strong communication skills.

Leaders are often problem solvers, so it’s important to learn how to think on your feet and get creative about how you approach a problem. Be willing to take full responsibility for the success or failure of a project. As a leader, a lot of things will reflect on you. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’ve messed up, but be intentional about personal and professional development and improvement.

4. Time Management

For so many people, it’s not really about an innate inability to succeed. A lot of people truly struggle with time management and mastery of the daily routine. If you’d really like to rise up and get promoted, work on your daily routine and how you spend your time.

Just by managing your time well, you’ll set yourself apart from a lot of people. Use a timer to get yourself in the habit of staying on top of your time. You can even write your schedule down in a planner so you can stay on top of everything.

Climbing the corporate ladder may be tricky. However, no one can deny the value of hard work, determination and integrity. Even if your current job decides to pass you up on the opportunity to progress, there are other companies in the marketplace.


By mastering your craft and working on these four traits, you’ll become an employee that any company would love to get their hands on. It’s only a matter of time before you progress. Keep a positive attitude, take care of your part of the bargain and allow the opportunities to fall into your lap!

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Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.