Lately, I have been in communication with many mothers who feel like work life balance is non existent, or that there is a lack of advancement opportunities in their current situation. I recently spoke to a mother who asked me advice.
“What do you do when you have worked for a corporation for five years and have yet to be promoted?” She went on to say, “I have a degree in communications, but my job is as an administrative assistant. I work for a Public Relations company. I accepted the career to get my foot in the door, but I made it clear that I wanted to advance in the near future. I have watched other people move up and I am not going anywhere. I have expanded my family and I need more money. Do I stay or go?”
Now ultimately she has to make that decision. However, I look at jobs like dead end relationships. If you have been with your boyfriend for five years, your family will probably ask you questions about him popping the question. Even if your family is not persistent in putting in their two cents, you probably are a bit curious yourself where the relationship is heading. I look at jobs the same way. Every job I have been in I have moved up and around. I honestly would not suggest going over two years without seeking an advancement opportunity, that is if you desire to move up. The first thing you need to do is make sure that you are actively letting your Superiors know how serious you are about a promotion. Also, be realistic about your capabilities. Are you a reliable worker? Are you representing the company well enough to advance? Have you mastered your current position?
My first suggestion would be to write a professional note to your Supervisor stating your concerns and asking to have a meeting. At the meeting you can discuss your concerns. They can provide you feedback on what you need to improve upon and if you can expect advancement soon. If that does not go well it is time to look outside of the corporation. There is no need to waste valuable time when you are not happy or growing. Remember the corporation that you work for will always look out for their best interest. Therefore, you have to make the best choice for you and your lifestyle. So if you feel stagnant and desire growth it is time for change.