Crashing into a brick wall is inevitable if your career is stalling.
Where once stood energetic (and slightly annoying) go-getter now lies a jaded (and increasingly annoyed) sluggard.
It’s a time when your chosen vocation will grip its clammy hands around your neck and wring out your soul to make a depressing—and surprisingly potent—cocktail garnished with the last rind of your self-respect.
But how can you tell if your career is, erm, careering towards an immovable object?
There are a few tell-tale signs, budding careerist, that you’ve already become a part of the (beige) furniture rather than a high functioning cog in a well-oiled machine:
- Your position and level of responsibility have stayed the same for a number of years
- Your colleagues are being promoted ahead of you
- You’re the last person in the office folk will turn to for help
If the points above are worryingly familiar, the good news is there are practical steps you can take to give CPR to a career on life support. Take a look …
- Gain a university qualification
Let’s face it: a university degree will probably get you a better job and more money—graduates can often command salaries up to 40 percent more than those without higher education. But what if the financial security of your current salary makes the university an unattractive proposition?
There is a solution and it’s called distance learning.
If you’re in full-time employment, the advantage of distance learning is that it allows you to earn while you learn. Our advice, though, is to use a reputable institution like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning (check out the wide range of courses on the ARU Distance Learning website).
- Volunteer for more responsibility
It’s easy to freewheel through your 9-to-5, flying under the radar and doing the bare minimum in order to pick up a salary at the end of the month. While it’s a doddle, it’s certainly not a satisfying approach, which is why it’s important to give yourself a shake and ask your boss for more responsibility.
This doesn’t mean, however, volunteering for a task where you have no experience or an irrelevant skillset. Try to take on projects where you can lighten the load of your colleagues AND show your management team exactly what you can do.
- Jump ship
Fair enough, this could be seen as the easy way out: an angle for feckless employees to start the low productivity cycle all over again at a new company. However, if you’re serious about reviving your career and you can see no light at the end of your current tunnel, consider jumping ship.
This fresh start would give you the perfect opportunity to show your new employer what you can do without the hangover of your previously uninspired attitude to work holding you back.
Now it’s over to you …
Have you found yourself in the career doldrums? How did you escape? Do you have any advice for people experiencing a similar challenge? Leave your comments below—we’d love to hear from you.