Are you starting to think two steps ahead and planning for your long-term career?
Whether you’ve recently started an entry-level technology job or are still thinking about pursuing one, you’re already within arm’s reach of an incredible and progressive profession.
Due to the UK’s nationwide talent shortage, inexperienced technology candidates are inundated by advancement opportunities. Although it sounds intimidating (especially if you are completely new to the field), it promises transformational benefits.
The Career Trajectory of an Entry-Level Technology Job in 2023
Even in a specialist technology role, employees can expect to move from entry-level to middle-level within just a few short years. This timeline will be even further condensed if you study hard and go above and beyond in your duty.
As a general rule…
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Architects have the potential to advance after just 6-12 months.
Software Engineers and Software Developers find themselves being promoted within 1-2 years.
Cyber Security, IT and Computer Security Specialists climb the ranks within 2-3 short years.
Data Analysts and Data Engineers can advance from junior to senior positions within 3-4 years.
Product and Project Managers wait a little longer, waiting an average of 3-5 years before being promoted.
Within 5 years, then, you might find yourself responsible for managing entire projects. This can be a rewarding and satisfying accomplishment all by itself.
However, these numbers do have to be taken onboard with a pinch of salt.
The speed at which you advance up the career ladder entirely depends on your employer’s ability to provide training, the commitment you demonstrate, and the observation skills of your leaders. As long as your organisation recognises you as the passionate and dedicated employee you are, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t have a steep, upward career trajectory.
How to Pursue a Progressive Career
Although most employers prioritise upskilling within their company, not everyone has the budget for it. When you feel like you are hitting a stall point in your career, you need to proactively seek opportunities elsewhere.
Step 1: List Your Priorities
Before you start applying for jobs, you need to gain a really clear picture of your long-term objectives.
Do you want to work in an ambitious start-up where you can grow with the company? Would you prefer a position somewhere more established, which will open the door to a whole host of career potential in the future?
Whichever your preference, make a detailed list of your wants and needs. You can even go as far as to list the benefits or salary range you’d like to achieve.
Step 2: Browse Jobs
With this list in mind, you should start to look at job opportunities using a range of different sources.
We recommend checking out Forward Role’s Jobs, which include numerous high-quality and progressive entry-level positions where our candidates can thrive.
As you look, start to eliminate any positions that don’t seem like a good fit while taking note of those that might be a good match.
Step 3: Reach out to Our Recruiters
Once you’ve identified an appealing position that will provide you with long-term career progression, look for the contact details of the recruiter in charge. Reaching out to them on LinkedIn will give you a chance to introduce yourself in a personal but still professional manner, capturing their attention and increasing your likelihood of success.
Step 4: Ask Questions
Use this interaction as an opportunity to ask questions about the role you’re interested in and further explore whether it will provide you with the advancement you’re looking for.
At Forward Role, our recruiters will always have a good idea of the opportunities available to you and the steps you can take to advance your career. We’ll also be able to provide you with personalised insight into which positions will allow you to progress at a timeline you are comfortable with.
Step 5: Choose the Best Fit
After you’ve done all the right research and considered the different options available, it’s time to take the leap.
There’s such a big demand for technology talent right now that you’ll soon land a position that will reward and recognise you. Within a few short years, you will be able to climb the ladder and chase the career of your dreams.
For further guidance on landing an entry-level technology position, check out our latest guide. We detail the steps you can take to make your application stand out and score a role in today’s competitive recruitment climate.
Find Entry-Level Job Opportunities through Forward Role
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