5 Questions to Ask to Get Ahead in Your Career

So, you’ve been at your job for a while and are looking to advance your career, but you aren’t sure of which steps to take next. Taking a leap to go for the next big promotion can be scary, but with the right plan of action, you might be able to ease some of those worries.

Sometimes coming up with talking points for your interaction with your supervisor can be the hardest part. Hopefully, these five questions can help you restructure your goals and get you on track to advance your career!

  1. “What are the biggest goals the company wants to accomplish this quarter?”

Keep looking forward and try to stay as involved as you can. Make sure your supervisor knows that you’re invested in the company’s future and take active steps to gather information about the company’s goals. Prove that you can be an asset by setting yourself up for success.

  1. “I’m really passionate about____. Can I take the lead on this assignment?”

Ask for a challenge. If you are interested in a specific project or topic, that might just be the opening you need to secure a higher position of responsibility. The best way to get others to see the value you bring to the company is by continuing to secure successes. When an opportunity presents itself to you, make sure to go for it!

  1. “How can I help find a solution to this problem?”

Go the extra mile. Be proactive at work and look for ways to initiate change. Position yourself as a versatile leader that can take on high-stress problems or situations.

Simply being present at your job sometimes isn’t enough. Instead, look to be a helpful and reliable team member that your supervisor can count on.

  1. “How am I doing in this task and what can I improve on?”

Ask to be evaluated. Evaluations are a good way to learn about both your strengths and your weaknesses. They can also give you a good indicator of where you stand in the company.

Evaluations are also a great way to assess your career advancement timeline and get valuable feedback from your supervisor.

  1. “Now that I’ve been in this role for ___ years, what actions would it take to advance to ___ position?”

Don’t be afraid to ask for a new role. Asking for a promotion can be difficult, but it is a necessary step to take. If you believe that you are a valuable asset to the company, it’s important for your supervisor to be aware of your goals.

Don’t wait to be asked to take on a position you know that you have the skillset to do. Make your case for the position stating your previous success with the company and your investment in its future.

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