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I Am Constantly Passed Up For Promotions Despite The Experience I Have

Posted: November 5, 2019

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A woman is worried about not getting promotion despite having worked in the company for a long period of time. Job change or talking to the boss?

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I love my job and what I do. It has been something I wanted to do for a very long time. However, it’s been three years since I joined this company but I am still working as a Junior staff member. I see no professional growth since I have joined. My boss refuses to give me bigger and better projects but has no issues giving the same ones to people who have lesser experience than I do. 

Meanwhile, I am not a bad worker, I am diligent and I know I can finish all the tasks given to me, in fact I do them well and in time. I always get the appraisals and my colleagues and the senior members also like me. As does my boss. However, despite all this, my name is never taken into consideration for any kind of promotion.

Do you think it is time to change my job? With the experience I have I know I will get placed anywhere else.

But do I have to start from scratch again?

Apurva Purohit responded

Have you tried having a candid conversation with your boss about this? Considering most aspects you mentioned is a positive, it does seem odd that you aren’t picked for the big projects or considered for promotions. Sure, changing jobs is always an option, but if you’ve given three years to an organisation, I’d suggest you don’t leave without voicing your concerns. Sometimes, a little nudge is all it takes and who knows, you and your boss may just find a solution to this conundrum!

Coming to your question about whether you will have to start from scratch in a new job, well, if you apply to similar organisations and job profiles, you can just take off from where you leave. However, if you intend to change your field or job profile, then maybe you might have to start afresh.

Whatever you decide to do eventually, always remember, you are the master of your own destiny. Have conviction in what you believe in and work hard, the rest will follow. I know it sounds cliched but then most tried and tested advice does.

All my best wishes to you!

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Apurva Purohit is the President of the Jagran Group, one of India’s largest multi-media conglomerates with a turnover of USD 350 million and market capitalization of USD 800 million. With over three decades of experience in the media and entertainment industry, she currently manages a diverse portfolio which includes print, radio, digital and outdoor. In her previous role as CEO of Radio City, she is credited with making Radio City one of the largest and most profitable networks in the FM industry. Apurva was one of the Top 30 Most Powerful Women in Business as per the India Today Group in 2016. Apurva has been a leading voice in the Indian business landscape, advocating gender diversity, what ails it, and what organizations and leaders can do to make it possible. She is also the author of the national bestselling book “Lady, You’re not a Man” – the Adventures of a Woman at Work.

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