Many people think they are ready for promotion because they have clocked in the hours. And it’s true that you can’t beat experience. But when you add in other factors such as growth in skills and knowledge over time a different picture emerges. In Germany, for example, the word career implies something that is constantly growing, something that you are adding to.If you want to progress a good thing to work on is proactivity. If things aren’t happening in your career – what can you make happen to change the dynamic? The decision to do an extra qualification can be a game changer. Leading learning organisations such as the Institute of Public Administration or the Smurfit School of Business confirm this. Willingness to invest in your future is the next big step.