There are many industries and sectors that have a very flat management structure. It makes them more efficient, and it reduces management costs if it is done the right way.

But it does present organisations with one major challenge. How do you prepare somebody for the next step in their career if that step is too big to take?

Because this is a real issue that faces many in such industries. They feel they are ready for the next step, but how do you go from a departmental manager responsible for 6 to 8 people to a general manager, say, responsible for 100? How do you get promoted from a small town responsibility to having to lead a big city? It is a conundrum.

First of all, speak to your bosses. They may be able to give you guidance, and indeed explain what they need from you to convince them you are ready for the next step.

Perhaps you might like to start talking to other employers. Perhaps their structure is not quite so flat, giving them time to promote people to, say, assistant store manager and proving themselves there. Before taking on the big responsibility.

Or perhaps you look at a completely different industry. One where people with talent will get promoted at regular intervals without the need for massive leaps.

Because such massive leaps are always a risk. Suppose that you cannot handle the new responsibility? What happens if the market moves against you just as you take on a big new role?

Such failures can leave you marked as a senior manager who could not hack it, rather than a promising junior manager with much potential. Through no fault of your own.

Sometimes the right career move is just a question of luck. But the most successful careers are built by people who recognise that luck and take advantage of it.

Nothing is certain, there are no hard and fast rules as every situation is very different. But one thing is for sure, the pandemic has meant a massive change in the U.K.’s economic landscape. And change always creates good opportunities. Good luck!