8 steps to getting the promotion you deserve

Is this the year that you’re going to go for the promotion of your dreams? If so, you need to be tactical about it. In many ways, the path to promotion begins long before you are ready to think about moving onwards and upwards in your job. These eight points may help!

1. Be strategic

Be completely honest with yourself about where you are in your career right now. Where do you want to be next? Are you happy to go with the flow and respond to any opportunities as and when they arise or do you have a plan about what you know you definitely want to achieve in your career?

2. Be prepared

You will need to have your CV up to date and if you have a professional learning portfolio make sure it accurately represents all the CPD you have done, complete with reflections if possible. It’s also worth drafting some key sentences for use in a personal statement, although it really is important that each statement you write is absolutely specific to the post you are applying for.

3. Build a network

On every course you attend, conference you go to or twitter chat you take part in, aim to make connections with colleagues in other schools in your locality and nationally. Your network may be useful for all kinds of aspects of the teaching role, but particularly when it comes to job seeking and hearing about opportunities that could really further your career.

4. Get a mentor

Having a mentor or critical friend is incredibly useful when applying for promotions. You can discuss your suitability for the role, run your application by them, perhaps even have a mock interview. Sometimes others can see our strengths more clearly that we can ourselves and they can often see our development needs! We can all have blind spots when it comes to being critically self-aware.

5. Step up when you can

Take any opportunities you have for stepping up into the role you want to have next. This kind of experience can be invaluable and can really help you to decide if this is the path for you or if a difference challenge would be more appropriate.

6. Job shadow

If there isn’t an opportunity to step up into a role temporarily then aim to job shadow as much as possible for a while. This can be difficult to do because your existing role will still need to be done but even building a stronger working relationship with the person in the role you would like to do when promoted can be incredibly fruitful.

7. Do your current job flawlessly

However frustrated you may feel in your current role, you need to execute it as perfectly as possible. If you want to go for promotions as and when the opportunities arise, appearing to be demotivated in your current post won’t help, however understandable that may be. Sounds obvious, but we’re all affected some time or another!

8. Know where to looks for vacancies

If you’re not looking in the right place, you may miss the perfect job for you. Make sure you’re registered with Eteach and are regularly checking the latest relevant jobs to you, and make full use of the support offered here as well as any you may get from your school or local authority.

Good luck!

2 thoughts on “8 steps to getting the promotion you deserve

  1. Dear sir
    I am a graduate who received a 2.3 in my degree . Would it still be possible for me to apply to be a primary school teacher . I am also currently finishing of my teaching assistant and level 3 course and working full time in a school.
    Your sincerely

  2. Hi Nazma,

    Thanks for your message!

    If you’re looking to teach in England and Wales, you need to gain QTS. You can get this on an ITT programme which could be school or university-based and generally takes one year to complete. Once you have finished the course, assuming that you meet the standards, you will be awarded QTS and become a newly qualified teacher (or an NQT) ready to start your induction year.

    Hope this helps!

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