Wayne Fonville, MBA, CSCP
Proven IC Manager/Team lead/Project Manager/Data Analyst | Helping Companies Translate Their Business Goals to Reality
Miranda, Good question. This is something that many people don't think to ask but is assumed and leads to a lot of disappointment. Teamwork is what YOU make it to be. Too many folks believe it is the other teammates who should share and work with them when in reality, you are the one who controls that action. A team is only as good as you make it. When you are on a team, whether you are the leader or not, how you respond to others is more often than not, how they will respond to you. Be open with your teammates and share your knowledge and experiences with them. Ask for help rather than try to muddle it out yourself. Even if you know the answer it is often better to help lead others to it than to announce it just for the recognition. People like to be recognized so even if you are not the leader, remember to recognize your peers.
As for expecting a promotion after XX years of experience, that is a myth. Promotions come from displaying your abilities (in most companies) and is not a given. As Andrew states above, continually work on your education and your contacts. Use the tools available to you like night classes, industry expo's, conferences, etc. to not only build you knowledge, but to show your superiors that you are not going to settle for the status quo and you are interested in expanding.
The business fields you list in your question all have promotional potential. Some are more specialized than others which might limit opportunity due to the competition for the roles, but the ones who will succeed are the ones who demonstrate the desire to improve themselves and grow.
Good luck in whatever you pursue in the future!
Last updated Feb 02 at 11:33