How did your career progress last year?

Rebecca Knott

Career progression is something that’s very important to us at Sage. We want all our people to fulfil their potential and receive the right opportunities to allow them to do just that.

Ultimately, career progression in any business is down to the individual; it’s a combination of  making the right choices and a determination to make the most of opportunities that makes the difference. But alongside this a business needs to show a commitment to support this determination to progress.

So, how do we support our people’s hard work at Sage? Well, we have something called a Performance and Continuous Development (PCD) cycle. This gives our people the opportunity to work with their manager on a development plan. Put simply, a development plan makes sure you know where you want to go and what steps you need to take to get there.

At Sage we encourage our people to think about their current role; is it the right role?

If not, they think about what they want to do, carry out some research to see what additional qualifications and experience are needed, talk to people in a similar roles and discuss opportunities with their line manager, such as working with a mentor or coach.

We asked Chris Harrison, who has been with the business for 25 years, about his career progression.

What made you join Sage in the first place?

I left school in 1986, and for those with long memories, it was quite grim in the UK and not a lot of job prospects. I started on an YTS/College course in computers (yes, it was that generic back then). I was then offered a job placement to gain some experience and was interviewed at Sage. The rest as they say is history!

How many roles have you had?

I have had over 9 roles at Sage ranging from Warehouse Supervisor to Business Analyst to Web Developer to Customer Services Manager.

Did you think you’d be in the role you are now when you first started?

Absolutely not.

How have you managed this?

I have never had a set career goal. I always have an eye open as to what/where my career is going, but I have literally just applied for anything that interests me and can advance myself. I could never do any role that I wasn’t passionate about at the time though.

What one bit of advice would you give to the young Chris about his career?

I would tell him to start looking at making achievements and advancing his career a little earlier than I did. I probably spent too many years enjoying living at home and having cash in my back pocket thinking that was all there is to life!!

Rebecca Knott, Recruitment Coordinator, People Services