How to get that promotion within a year
6 months ago, 11 Jan 21:34
Most young people assume that the only way to climb the ladder at the workplace is through hopping from one company to another. These four interviewees will tell you that this is not necessarily true, and no, you don’t have to work in the same company for donkey years before you get promoted. Samuel Muli Age: 26 years Supervisor, Kenya Cultural Centre As an undergraduate student at Mount Kenya University, I had a clear outline of how I wanted my career path to roll out, and so I concentrated on my studies, hopeful that I would get a job soon after graduating with a bachelor of commerce in 2014. That job I had hoped for after graduation did not materialise though, and although I had specialised in Finance, I found myself taking up any job that came by to earn a living. In 2015, I got a job as a tutor, teaching business units in a certain college. At some point I also worked as an insurance broker. I was working as a cleaner when I got an internship opportunity at Kenya Cultural Centre in November 2016. The internship was to run for three months, but two weeks into it, the director called me to his office and told me that he wanted us “to work together”, since he felt my work was impressive. He then gave me a job as supervisor in charge of subordinate staff. I supervise more than 23 staff. Some of my duties include ensuring that my team attend to their duties promptly, initiating purchase requisition of replacement of regular items such as toiletries, and maintaining proper records by checking the book of balance regularly. One of the lessons that I learnt in all the jobs I have undertaken is to take my job seriously, however lowly it is, and give my best regardless of the pay. In those two weeks that I was interning, there was never a single day that I arrived to work late. Punctuality was, and still is one of my strengths. Another factor that I believe caught the director’s attention is that I am willing to deliver more than is expected of me, even taking on roles that are not in my job description. Although I was based in the finance department, I would help out in the administrative department and often volunteer to perform other duties not in my job specification. I don’t consider my degree certificate a barrier to what I can or cannot do, however, I ensure that I put extra effort in assignments related to my career path. This employment came with a package of benefits, such as bonuses and pay that I would not have enjoyed as an intern. I believe that success follows excellence, and I am glad that my efforts have been appreciated. *** Cecimercy Wanza Age: 25 years TV producer and Director I was in my third year at Kenyatta University studying Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Arts and Film technology), when I got ...
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