There is nothing more annoying than missing out on a promotion. Okay I take that back, there are plenty of other things equally and more annoying, but as it happened to me a few months ago it’s very fresh in my mind. I slaved away for my boss for the past five years, and although I did managed to move up the ladder I had been doing the same work for the past three. I found it hard to get out of bed in the morning to go and do the same task over and over again. I needed a challenge, but unfortunately I wasn’t awarded the new position in my office.
Missed Out Due to Qualifications
It turned out that I wasn’t fully qualified and they needed someone able to start working straight away. I was hoping they would choose me and train me on the job, but I guess it wasn’t to be. The job went to someone outside of the company and I was left entering data as always. I love the office I work in don’t get me wrong, the people are great and even my boss is cool, but I want more. It’s not all about money either, I just like to be pushed and driven and I love to learn.
So when I missed out on the promotion I began looking at my options. I could try to find a similar job for a different company or I could look at my qualifications. As I am settled and I feel respected in my current position I decided I would earn myself a promotion by getting educated. I looked into online courses and decided on a goal, I want to be needed, I love working with people and I have an outside interest in health. On those facts I selected a distance course which would help to make me indispensable.
The Possibility of Walking Into a Promotion
I did talk to my boss letting them know I was taking a course just to see if they felt it would be of use in the office. As it turned out they were very eager and were more than happy to help me with the cost of the learning. Even if they had been keen but not able to support me financially with the costs I would have taken the course, but it was a definite bonus that’s for sure. I train outside of working hours at home so I am tired but it is manageable. I have great support available when I need it but so far I am finding the course quite easy. I guess I might change my tune when it comes time for the exam, but so far so good so I am feeling positive.
My New Qualification Opens More Doors
The qualification is a good one and is recognised all over the UK. My boss has let me know that there will be a vacancy which requires my skills so I am feeling confident that the hard work will pay off in a more satisfying role at work and more money too. The great thing is even if I am not given a promotion I know I can either go on to train further in my new area of expertise or look for a job that pays more elsewhere.
Good things happen to those that work hard, that’s what I believe. There is no reason why you have to accept the job you are in as being as good as it gets. I keep pushing myself to improve, not just for a pay rise, but to ensure I am satisfied with my career.
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