What to do when you get the promotion

Congratulations! You’ve scored the big promotion you’ve been gunning for. But what happens after the celebratory drinks are over and you’ve farewelled your old work buddies? If you want to thrive in your brand new role there are a few important things you need to add to your to-do list from the moment you start…

Set goals

Your number one step? Ensure that you have a clear idea of the direction you’re headed in your new role. Schedule some time to have a discussion with your new manager to talk about what they’d like you to achieve in the short and long term and what their expectations are of you in this new position. 

Having an overview of your boss’ vision for you and your team within the wider business will better equip you to make the right decisions. Also don’t forget to raise some of your own ideas. Hopefully you brought these up in your interview, so make sure you’re able to present them to your new manager with a clear plan of how you’re actually going to implement them.

When setting goals, be sure to map out what you want to achieve in the next few weeks, the next few months and in the first year in your new role. Take the time to review these goals intermittently to make sure you’re still on track to achieve them or revise them where necessary.

What to do when you get the promotion

Get the lay of the land

It’s tempting to jump in and make a crazy amount of changes when you first step into a new role. However, it’s important to make sure you have a strong understanding of your new environment before you make any big decisions. 

Talk to those in your team and any important stakeholders within the wider business about current processes as well any changes they’d like to see happen. This will enable you to have a better idea of what you need to improve and what you need to change completely. Getting input from people who have been working in their position for a longer period of time will help you to make better strategic decisions.

Equip yourself with the right tools

Just because you’ve been promoted, it doesn’t mean you’ve reached the finish line. Your career will continue to change and grow so it’s important that your skill set does the same. Once you have a better idea of the necessary skills and qualifications that you will need to progress in your new position (and the position above that, too) start looking into potential further study.

Need to improve your managerial skills? A series of short courses in leadership could give you the edge you need. Already looking forward to your next promotion? Signing up for a postgraduate degree such as an MBA will equip you with the advanced business training you need to thrive in your current role and the more senior roles that follow. Broadening your knowledge with postgraduate study will not only help you in your current role, but it will also be a real asset as you progress up the career ladder and show your company you’re serious about this business.

Define the parameters of your new role

When you take the next step up in your career, it can be hard to let go of some of your old responsibilities. It’s important to have an idea of what you will now need to delegate in order to free up your time to focus on other areas. If there are resources available to help you out such as an assistant or other members of your team then don’t be afraid to use them. Ultimately you need be able to allocate more of your time to performing your new duties.

Maintain your relationships

Don’t forget about your old colleagues! A great network of contacts is valuable throughout your working life so be sure to maintain any professional relationships. Take the time to catch up with old colleagues, even if it’s just for a quick coffee. Also, remember to remain humble about your big promotion as there may have been others who were vying for the same role. It’s wise not to burn bridges as you just never know who you might end up working with in the near future.

Want to start your managerial role on the right foot? Learn to manage the performance of employees, develop budgets and manage projects and prepare for your next promotion with a management course.