Help! I just got promoted! Top 3 things to take note of
By Anh Tran
Congratulations, you just got promoted! A promotion is a huge moment in your career, a milestone that is worth celebrating. I can imagine you would have gone through a mixture of these emotions: excitement, nervousness, and even surprise. All of it means one thing - your hard work has finally paid off.
In order not to ‘get lost’ in your new role, here are the top 3 things that I found helpful in navigating this change based on my personal experience:
- Understand the fundamentals of the new role and (re)gain your momentum
Clarifying the responsibilities of your new role will allow you to know what is expected of you in terms of performance and outcome, as there are surely additional deliverables given to you.
Building on the new understanding of your role, it is also important that you write down your goals and priorities immediately when you take on your new position. It is good to have an end in mind as things will get hectic very quickly when carrying out your new responsibilities. Your goals can change over time but they are essential in steering you on the new journey you are embarking on.
- Be aware of how you treat the people around you
Be careful to not let your promotion get to your head. I have observed some people treating their peers poorly all of a sudden, because of their own promotions. My advice is to avoid burning these bridges because you might need their support and help in the future.
“The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk” - Marcus Tullius Cicero
- This is not the finishing line
Getting a promotion can feel like you have won a race. However, you may also want to ask yourself about other career aspirations or goals you have, as this is one step closer to getting there! In the bigger picture, what other skills or career milestones would you need to be conscious about and work towards?
If you welcome your new position with an open mind, a positive mindset and a willingness to learn, I’m sure you will continue to do well! To quote from Amy Burfoot, “Life is a marathon, not a sprint, so pace yourself accordingly."
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