Career Growth: Beyond the Promotion Obsession

Aug 22, 2023 by manish

I have seen many software engineers and managers who are over focused on promotion.

When manager asks them about career growth their short answer is “I want to get to the next level”.

There was a time in my career, when I thought about career growth like this too.

I was lucky to have a great manager at the time. My manager explained it to me that promotion is not the only way to grow.

When it comes to career growth, here’s what you DON’T need:

🚫 A singular focus on promotion as the only measure of success.
🚫 A mindset of comparing yourself to others who have recently been promoted.
🚫 Checking boxes based on promotion criteria without considering personal growth and development.
🚫 Getting obsessed with promotion on a day-to-day basis.

Here’s what you DO need:

✅ A focus on developing skills and personal growth within your current role.
✅ Celebrating small wins and progress along the way.
✅ Looking at career growth as a multifaceted journey, not just promotion.
✅ Keeping a long-term goal of promotion in mind, but not getting bogged down by it on a daily basis.

Stop obsessing over promotion as the only measure of success. Instead, focus on personal growth and development within your current role. Keep a long-term goal of promotion in mind, but don’t let it consume you on a daily basis.