If you are fortunate enough to be employed by an organization that you actually like, there is someone in that place that has a role you want and I dare say, one that you feel you could do better if you were given the chance.
Hopefully, this person (be it your immediate supervisor, a peer or even a person working in a different organization) is not making a mess of things but they are actually making their work look easy. There in lies the major challenge and opportunity. Take time to really study them. Get to know them. Don’t wait for an ‘HR Department’ type of opportunity. Ask this person direct questions like:
- Do you have a succession plan for your role? Tell me more about it over coffee later, perhaps?
- You make what you do seem so interesting! What is the secret?
- Hello, you look nice and bright today! What have you got planned? Anything I can support you with perhaps?
These are questions that will surely get you learning and noticed. Even the most reserved person can ask at least one of these. You deserve the best kind of career the world of work has to offer. Refrain from filling yourself with defeatist thoughts. You can do it. You really really can!
All the best!