Development and career progression – Your next step and tips on how to get there.

 

 

Our latest company secretarial market survey has revealed mostly positive findings in regards to development opportunities, “Nearly two thirds of company secretaries feel they have had very good opportunity to develop and a third some opportunity”[1]

It’s great that these opportunities are out there but it’s knowing how to seize these opportunities that can be tricky!

You may have plans and a clear vision of what you need to do to get to where you want to be but chances are this is something you won’t be able to do entirely on your own. The first port of call on addressing development should be your current line manager. They aren’t mind readers so you need to voice politely that you’re capable and ready for more responsibility. Why not raise this at your review and let them know what you plan to discuss to get them thinking about your development as well. But whatever you do, don’t go in without plan!

You’ll get your boss on your side by demonstrating that you’re a team player and that your ideas will not only benefit yourself but the department and company. If your manager can see that you are interested in the performance of the team and the organization then they are far more likely to give an ear to your suggestions and keep you in mind for any upcoming projects or promotions.

However…                                                                                                                                     

Be prepared for if your employer can’t offer you this advancement. According to this year’s salary survey whilst “…two thirds of company secretaries feel they have had very good opportunity to develop”[2], only “a third of the market feels that their company secretarial job offers good prospects for career progression…”[3]

It may be that you have to consider external opportunities to further your career progression. If you decide this is your best option there are a number factors to consider and weigh up. Is the grass really greener? Where will this move position you in 2-3 years? How much ‘wiggle’ room is there for growth within this role? Is the company expanding? How is the secretariat regarded by the Board? It can take many months for the right opportunity to present itself so it’s best to put your marker down early.

 

It’s always good to have a Plan B and the team of recruitment partners at The Core Partnership are on hand to advise, often this is what will help you to climb the career ladder. For a confidential discussion please call 0203 589 0333 and chat with a member of the team today.



[1] The Core Partnership, Company Secretarial Remuneration and Wellbeing survey 2015, p9

[2] The Core Partnership, Company Secretarial Remuneration and Wellbeing survey 2015, p9

[3] The Core Partnership, Company Secretarial Remuneration and Wellbeing survey 2015, p10

15 May 2015

 

 

written by Eleanor Channer-Cleere
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