You went back to school to earn your degree because you love
your job. You are good at your job. And most importantly, you want to move
forward with your job.
Getting a promotion is one of the most common motivations to
go back to school. Sometimes earning a higher degree is the only way to advance
professionally. But once you have the qualifications to take on higher roles
within your organization, you still need to convince your boss that you’re
right for the job.
Asking for a promotion after you’ve gone back to school to
earn your degree doesn’t have to be intimidating. After all, you’ve done the
work, you deserve the reward! So before you request a meeting with your boss
and pitch yourself for a new role, make sure you prepare with these 3 steps.
1. Know Your Selling Points
Come prepared to sell your accomplishments and skills to
your boss. You went back to school to earn your degree and now you have more training
and more skills to offer your employer. Be ready to talk about how your degree
has further prepared you for a higher position and specifically what you
Wherever possible, collect hard statistics that show how
you’ve added value to the company so far. Did you consistently exceed company
quotas month after month? Or is your customer satisfaction rate among the
highest in the company? Bring examples of how you continually go above and
beyond the demands of your current position. This will show your employer that
you’re ready to move into leadership and take on more responsibilities.
2. Think About The Future
When your employer is considering you for a promotion they
don’t just care about your past at the company, they also care about what you
have planned for the future. Unlike outside applicants, you know what current
problems your employer is facing. You are uniquely qualified to offer a
Your employer will love it if you go in to ask for a
promotion and say, “If I was hired to this position, then my first steps would
be…” And don’t be afraid to back up your ideas for changes with things you
learned earning your degree. That’s why you went back to school in the first
3. Be Ready To Discuss Salary
When you take on more responsibilities, you deserve more
compensation. Salary shouldn’t be discussed until after you’re offered the
position, but when that happens you need to be prepared.
Be ready to discuss what your expectations are in terms of
an increase in pay. If you have access to salary information at your company,
base your desired salary on the benchmarks of similar positions. Often times,
it’s best to start on the high end so you have room to negotiate down.
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