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Miranda R.





How much room is there for me to grow?

I really enjoy team management too, so I was wondering if I would be able to be promoted or move up after so many years of experience. I would also need to know if a lot of team work goes on in the laboratory. #science #biology #management #chemistry #laboratory #team-leadership #teamwork #forensic-scientist

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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 04:33 PM
be proactive, there are infinite room to grow if you know how. Ex. in the lab, work with other team member, coordinate with other team, other labs (next door, equipment team...). Outside of the lab, connect to the industry, go for events...
Last updated Nov 11 '17 at 12:13 PM
Hi Miranda, growth is primarily a factor of 1. Your readiness and 2. the requirement. Whats most important is the fact the there needs to be a fitment of the requirement and your profile. This is more like Venn diagrams in early school maths. The more the intersection between the requirement and your profile, the better fitment you are for the role. So its important to keep building your skill-set in line with your career aspirations. One thing that helps additionally is to build a strong network. Hope this helps!
Last updated Oct 04 '17 at 01:20 PM
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