Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
When thinking about advancing your career, I think the most important thing to keep in mind is that lateral moves are equally, if not more, beneficial than promotions. If you are early on in your career, lateral removes will be especially beneficial as it will help round out your overall experience and make you a more desirable candidate and employee in the long run.
As you start thinking about advancing your career, it is most important to impress your supervisor first as their feedback will typically be most valuable. By impressing your supervisor, that feedback will in turn fall on the ears of your +1 manager, etc. I would recommend that you start by asking your supervisor for extra work and/or stretch assignments to round out your experience. Are there other teams you can network with?
In my experience, I think one to two years in an entry-level role is a healthy expectation for advancement opportunities. If you work in a larger company, you shouldn't need to move outside of the company to advance your career. This is something you should keep in mind as you are job searching. Can you grow with your current company? If you are going to search externally, can the companies you seek out offer advancement opportunities for years to come?
Best of luck!