Comparison with professional growth

Career and professional growth are not the same thing. They have fundamental differences. Professional growth consists in mastering the profession at the highest level. This process can go on ad infinitum. A specialist of the highest level can solve any issue related to the specifics of his work. Such employees are in demand in the labor market. However, not all of them, when applying for a job, can count on career growth. A career means empowerment. Such a specialist has leadership and organizational qualities. The difference is more than obvious. He does not need to know the nuances of work to the smallest detail, since with career advancement he will face completely different tasks. He will have to develop brand strategies, solve issues of its development, planning. Such a specialist creates a team of professionals, sets before them the management goals that they must achieve.

And it is they who will already work with narrowly focused masters, requiring them to perform certain work. The organizer himself should not go into details. However he must be a leader oriented in his profession. He can go through all stages of career growth, from the bottom to the position of director. It is easier to explain this using the example of a career in science in the form of a diagram: laboratory assistant – researcher – head of department. Career growth has clear advantages over professional growth. In the second, a person better understands the essence of the profession, but in the first he reaches great heights in work and society.

Career benefits include:

  • opening up great prospects;
  • self-improvement and self-development;
  • study and implementation of new technologies;
  • expanding ties, raising status;
  • adaptation to different environments;
  • salary increase.

Influencing factors

People moving up the career ladder do not stay long in one position. At the same time, not all of them have a red diploma and have extensive experience. To become a successful person, you need to take into account a number of nuances. For example, a person must be purposeful, responsible, hardworking, disciplined. The key criterion is the position of the specialist. It is impossible to curry favor with the authorities, to grovel and demonstrate in every possible way the readiness to enslave for the sake of an imaginary promotion. Such people do not move up the career ladder. You need to present yourself as if a person is running his own business and is hired as a highly qualified respected specialist.

A person must be motivated to work. At the same time, he must be sociable, with an active life position and a clear self-esteem. A careerist knows how to admit his own mistakes and does not dwell on failures. Upon arrival at work, he creates his own team of like-minded people, manages them, checking the results of the work. A successful person will not carry out instructions from colleagues, he will give them himself. He knows how to present himself in a team, he can explain how, what and when to do it, creates the image of a busy and sought-after employee. He is not afraid to take on complex leadership tasks, he solves them himself, proving his own competence. He sees himself as the leader’s right hand.

He does everything to ensure that the authorities see that there are no impossible goals for this employee. He is not afraid of fast deadlines for solving tasks. He sees the possibilities of solving any tasks, accepts ideas and takes into account the opinion of management. Such a person supports the initiative of the authorities and is constantly engaged in self-development. Such a person does not argue with the management and does not point out to the authorities the mistakes associated with unprofessional assignments. Instead, he makes rationalization proposals.

A careerist adequately perceives criticism in his own address and does his job efficiently. He does not put himself in the position of a “beating” person, he is able to briefly and clearly explain the slowdown in the implementation of the task or to argue his own absence from the plant or company during working hours.


There are several types of career growth. Each of them has its own nuances.

  • Vertical. Such an increase in the career ladder implies the transition of a specialist to higher positions in the conditions of one company. However, managers are often not interested in this. It is easier for them to increase the amount of work and leave a specialist in the same position. All he has is experience in his specialty and authority among employees.
  • Horizontal. This type of career growth involves an increase in wages without promotion. In other words, a specialist moves to a new organization with a higher salary, but does not have a higher position. There is no need to talk about expanding its powers and prospects in this case. Such a careerist does not reach great heights.
  • Diagonal. With such career growth, a person moves up, moves into different enterprises. Usually, with each transition, he gets a job at a higher position. This variety is more dynamic, although it also has its drawbacks, because a frequent job change can cast doubt on a person’s reputation. If career growth is ahead of professional growth, the limits of competence are limited.
  • In one company. Not every ambitious person can build a career in one company. The employer knows not only the advantages, but also the disadvantages of a particular employee. In most cases, this progress is very slow. Often, at best, a specialist manages to become only a top manager.
  • In one area. To build a career in one area is possible for those who are very determined and have many necessary qualities. In this case, growth can be both diagonal and vertical.

To advance, a specialist has to possess many qualities, otherwise he risks staying in one position.


In the course of developing one’s own professional activity, a person goes through several stages of development. Each of them has its own nuances. Preparatory usually takes place at the age of 18-22. At this time, a person is busy receiving higher or secondary education. Upon completion of his studies, he gets a job in the chosen company. At this time, the foundations of the future professional growth are being laid.

The adaptation stage in people takes place at 22-30 years. During this time period, the mastering of the profession, the development of skills and abilities, the formation of qualifications. During this time, the self-assertion of a specialist in a particular case takes place. The success of the process is evidenced by the emergence of a need for one’s own independence and career growth. The stabilization stage consists in the division of employees into 2 groups: those seeking promotion and subordinates. As a rule, this stage falls on the time period of 30-40 years. This is a time of self-determination and setting life goals. And if some are not ready to move forward, the latter do not agree to put up with the lack of prospects and change jobs without fear.

The consolidating stage is the last, it falls on a time period from 40 to 50 years. At this time, a person is aware of his limits. Those who have already reached certain heights reap the fruits of their labor. Those who have put up with the work of a subordinate all the time before, sometimes decide to change their lives. More often they build a horizontal career.

Making a plan

To make a plan, you need to formulate a career goal. This will allow you to understand what you need to strive for. Then you need to decide on the time during which you need to achieve the final result. After that, career paths are determined. If difficulties arise with the formulation of problems, they are reviewed, determining whether they are true.

If a person does not know what exactly he seeks to receive, complications may arise. The methodology for achieving success in building a career can be different. For example, if several people apply for a vacant position, you need to have advantages over others. Such an argument could be:

  • 2nd higher education or academic degree;
  • training document;
  • high rates of labor productivity;
  • knowledge of one (several) foreign languages;
  • ideas for greater efficiency of the enterprise.

Career development scenarios can be different. However, to achieve success, both experience and professional skills are needed. If a person is interested in his own career, he has to study a lot and compress time for self-development. At the same time, it happens that career advancement is associated with professional testing. In this case, the position is given to the most successful employee.

As for a quick career, the most ambitious people can count on it. They are able to promote creative ideas, bring a fresh look to their implementation, move the company forward in their segment. As a rule, such careerists are courageous, risky and decisive, they are confident in their abilities. In addition, career growth scenarios can be: a lucky break, a competition, a reorganization, a personal approach. It is difficult to predict this or that variant of development. You can be at the right time in the right place, which will determine the fate of a person. At competitions, you have to use all your knowledge and skills.

During the reorganization, production is expanding, new branches are opening. This is the best time to move up the career ladder. But if you work constantly and hard for a penny, you can not count on a high position.

As for the personal approach, it is typical for cases where the manager is interested in promoting a particular employee.

Examples of famous people

There are many examples of career advancement. We offer some of them.

  • Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson) She started her career at the age of 19 with a job in a modeling agency. Before that, she worked at an aircraft factory, later she became an actress and an idol for millions of people. The first roles did not bring success, but Marilyn even took on minor roles. Thanks to perseverance, she gained worldwide fame.
  • Milton Hershey (founder of Hershey Chocolate) He started his career as a typesetter in a printing house. Thanks to his perseverance and desire for success, he studied the technology of making chocolate and sweets, crashed and looked for ways to achieve his goals. He was not afraid to experiment with production technologies.
  • Henry Ford (car brand founder) encountered many difficulties on the way to success. I was looking for investors in my projects, which were unsuccessful. However, due to his perseverance, he achieved success, world recognition and popularity.


With the desire and desire for a successful career, many can achieve high results. To achieve career advancement, it is necessary to draw up an approximate promotion scheme. It must be taken into account that careerism has its own rules. To get started you need:

  • set yourself small tasks that can be completed in a short time (month, week, quarter);
  • be able to manage working time, complete tasks ahead of schedule, distribute their own capabilities;
  • be punctual, unobtrusive, but with a slight degree of self-promotion, achieve location in the team;
  • learn to perceive failures as impetuses for development, stop justifying your own mistakes;
  • to set yourself up correctly in order to achieve success, not to perform a lot of tasks for pennies.

In addition, you need to take care of your own appearance. It must be flawless, from the fit of the suit to the hair and perfume.. A dress code is required, a stylish look. Sloppiness is excluded, it is worth reconsidering your attitude to work. If it is not as important as other hobbies, you can not count on career growth. To succeed, you need to be an organized leader. It’s a pleasure to do business with such a person. You can rely on him, he is in high regard with the management. A person who knows how to be responsible for his decisions, punctual, developmental, sociable and knows his own worth is needed by every enterprise.

You need to show a desire for career growth, otherwise you can hold the same position for years. If possible, you need to take the initiative in your own hands, manage this or that decision, give instructions to employees. This demonstrates leadership qualities, the ability to manage employees before management. Oratorical qualities are equally important. It is necessary to express thoughts briefly and clearly, to be sociable, but maintaining a certain distance from employees. Any manifestation of familiarity is excluded. It is important to develop your speech, expand your vocabulary, speak to the point, politely and competently.

At the same time, you need to be aware of the latest news in order to be able to bypass competitors in your segment. You need to keep track of trends in the professional field and generate ideas to promote the brand.

In addition, you need to know your job and do it without being reminded.