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Going above and beyond the call of duty.
Workplaces are full of people who do their work well but toil away in
obscurity, missing out on pay rises and promotions because not enough
people recognise the contribution they're making. Just doing the job
you were hired to do isn't going to get you anywhere fast; you need to
be seen to be going above and beyond the call of duty to stand out
from the pack. Here are some suggestions on how to do that.
Get the appropriate qualifications
People usually get their first few jobs due to the technical skills
they possess but then need to acquire a whole new skill set,
particularly in areas such as managing people and finances, if they
are going to climb up the corporate ladder. TAFE NSW has a range of
courses that can help propel you off the factory floor and into a
plush corner office.
Learn to interact effectively with people
We all know someone who isn't necessarily an outstanding performer
but still gets regularly promoted because they know how to get on with
their boss, colleagues and staff. Regardless of whether that's fair or
not, the fact is that being able to charm, persuade, motivate and
socialise with other people is a vital skill in modern workplaces.
TAFE recognises this reality, which it why it puts a big emphasis on
work experience and other activities that encourage students to learn
how to work well with others.
Be well organised
It only takes one missed deadline to get a reputation for being
unreliable. Fortunately, no matter what you study, the experience of
having to balance study, work, family commitments while doing your
course is almost certain to result in improved time management skills
and the ability to deliver projects on schedule.
Speak up and make a positive contribution
Whether it's a formal meeting, a team brainstorming session or just a
casual chat with your supervisor about a workplace issue, you're going
to be judged on your ability to contribute ideas on how things can be
improved. Most likely you'll also be expected to provide constructive
feedback on the suggestions of others. Invaluable experience in
presenting an idea, in written or verbal form, as well as critiquing
other people's concepts, can be gained by doing a TAFE course.