Many people want to get on as far as they can in their career. Some achieve what they want while others find it more of a struggle and some will without doubt get stuck.
So what are some of the common career barriers and what should you do about them?
Career Barrier 1: Qualifications
Whether it is fair or not there are many professions where it is pretty much impossible to go beyond a certain level unless you get qualified and gain membership of the professional body.
Solution: Either sign up to get the qualification or make a real commitment to get qualified if you have already started but are being sporadic in your studies.
Career Barrier 2: Mobility
As you get older and perhaps have family mobility or lack of it can sometimes stop you from getting access to the opportunities you would like.
Solution: Seriously consider relocating or perhaps working away from home during the week for a defined period of time to get the experience you need.
Career Barrier 3: Experience
Perhaps you are missing on some vital experience to get to the next level.
Solution: Find out precisely the experience you need and seek out opportunities to gain it. This might be through a secondment, covering for some else or perhaps doing something voluntary outside of work to gain the experience.
Career Barrier 4: Lack of Insight
It staggers me just how few people really know themselves and their strengths. This makes it really difficult to effectively market what you have to offer.
Solution: Take one or several of the online assessments or alternatively work with a career coach or mentor to help you unlock your hidden talents.
Career Barrier 5: Job Interview Performance
I never cease to be amazed just how poorly people perform in job interviews despite the fact that they are still among the most common ways of recruiting people.
Solution: Make sure you are making sufficient time to prepare for interviews and do some mock interviews before the real thing. The feedback you get will greatly improve your performance.
The Bottom Line: Achieving success in your career requires commitment and effort. The question is are you willing to put in the work to get the results you desire?
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps professionals to achieve more success in their career and get the rewards and recognition they deserve. He invites you to check out his free audio masterclass at https://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk/careers-main.html
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.