Q&A: How Can I Quickly Climb the Corporate Ladder in Today’s World?
Everyone complains that there’s no room for advancement in today’s economy. They blame it on older generations staying for too long in upper-level positions and blocking younger workers from rising through the ranks.
Maybe that’s true where you work. You probably know a someone who’s currently camped out in their corner office who calls you into help every time they need to open a PDF.
But, here’s the thing: You shouldn’t be competing for their job. Chances are, after that person retires, their job will retire with them. As tech evolves and companies start looking for people with a new set of skills, we’ll soon see a complete overhaul of a lot of traditional positions.
That’s why you shouldn’t be waiting around for someone to retire. You should be carving out your own niche.
Look for places where you can lend a hand. Develop the skills that your boss is lacking, suggest new processes to make the lives of your coworkers easier, or find ways to pick up the slack. That’s how you carve out your own role.
To be honest, the classic “corporate ladder” analogy is a bit outdated. It’s not so much a ladder as it is a jungle gym.
There are multiple ways to get to the top. You just need to get creative.