When you’ve been in the same position for what feels like ages and it doesn’t look like you are getting a new one anytime soon, it is easy to feel stuck in a rut. You might start to worry that your skills are stagnating and you’re going to fall behind. Just because your position hasn’t changed does not mean your skills are not improving, Yes, your boss should be acknowledging when you’ve grown, but it may not always come in the form of a promotion or raise.
After reading these signs you will know, your skill-sets have improved without you even realizing it.
- YOU ARE GETTING MORE POSITIVE FEEDBACKS AND LESS CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM ON DIFFICULT ASSIGNMENTS
This is probably an obvious statement, but it is also something a whole lot of people tend to overlook in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day. Have you noticed how your feedback has changed over time, maybe when you first started, you were constantly critiqued on your work and used to go through several revisions before getting right.
Now you are making your way through these same kinds of assignments with ease – and while your work isn’t always perfect, your manager is clearly giving you more compliments than when you started.
- YOU ARE WORKING FASTER (AND SMARTER)
Not only do you get less constructive criticism, but you’ve also found that you can complete projects in half the time. You’re no longer flipping between your company’s handbook or manual, or asking your colleague tons of questions before sending that email or losing all your afternoon writing that report.
Sure, speed isn’t everything, it might work against you sometimes. But the sheer fact that you can work fast if you need to, says wonders.
- YOU’RE MORE CONFIDENT OVERALL
Few months back you couldn’t bring yourself to raise your hands in meetings, carry out a task without asking your boss if it looked ok., or do anything that wasn’t specifically asked of you. Today, you’re a self-assured, outspoken, and involved member of your team. You feel confident of your values and in the work, you accomplish, and you are not afraid to push yourself and try out new things.
- YOU GET NEW ASSIGNMENTS WITH LESS OVERSIGHT
Not only are you confident in yourself, your boss is, too. You’re not just asking for your boss’s approval or weigh-in less, you are being allowed to execute your plans without supervision. This means that your manager trusts you. This is however big!
- YOU’RE COMPLETING PROJECTS YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU’D BE CAPABLE OF EVEN STARTING
Think back to the first time you got the job, or even 6 months ago. Did you imagine you’d be doing the kinds of assignments you are you are being given now? If so, did you feel ready? Chances are the thought of tackling your current to-do list would’ve terrified couple of months ago. If you’d attempted to do them, you certainly wouldn’t have felt confident in the outcome. Now you are here, getting it all done and executed perfectly.