Disappointed you're not an astronaut yet? You're not alone

Nearly half of workers say they're disappointed they haven't made it further in their careers by now. And many blame it on their employer...

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 16 Aug 2011
10 years ago, MT was expecting that by now, it would be, at the very least, a minor pop star – so it can empathise with the sentiment of a new a survey by the Chartered Management Institute, which says 42% of workers feel that they’re further behind in their careers than they’d like to be.

And according to the survey of 2,000 employees, workers aren’t being entirely gracious about it, either. Apparently, 22% accuse their employers of not having enough cash to stump up for a pay-rise or promotion, while 9% say their boss isn’t fighting their corner well enough. (Perhaps they should be asking why?) Others, though, are a bit more willing to admit fault: 13% admit that they need a bit more experience before they can be promoted, while 6% say they don’t have the right training or qualifications to advance.

Those who do recognise they need to put more effort in seem fairly realistic about what they need to do to increase their chances of a promotion: 44% think they need to start putting more time into their jobs and work overtime on a ‘regular basis’, while 37% say they need to start taking on extra responsibility for ‘no extra money’. Rather alarmingly, 3% shrugged (presumably) and said they’d just claim a colleague’s work as their own – while 45% said they need to study for a professional qualification outside of work hours.

Speaking of professional qualifications, it seems the CMI (which describes itself as a ‘UK source for professional management courses and accredited programs’), is fairly keen on the idea of them. Thus, it says almost a third of those it surveyed believe those who have them are better able to ‘lead people, teams and projects’.

Admittedly, if faced with two identical candidates, most employers would probably promote the one with the leadership qualification. But with the average salary now stretched just trying to keep on top of bills, the chances of workers being able to invest in qualifications looks rather slim. So it’s a perfect time for employers to invest in their staff, and make sure they’re fully versed on the training opportunities on offer.

Then again, qualifications aren’t everything. After all, did Winston Churchill have a Level 8 Qualification in Strategic Direction and Leadership?

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