Is Your Career Stuck In Neutral?

Do you spend your working life feeling trapped in a five-day cycle of drudgery, begging to be put out of your misery? If the career that once thrilled you has grown duller than a Sunday drive in your father’s station wagon, you need to make a change. It’s time to slip your career out of neutral and zoom full-speed ahead.

And, the good news is that breathing new life into your tired career may be easier than you think.

Know Thy Self

Making a change merely for change’s sake will not solve your dilemma. In fact, you may find yourself in an even more unpleasant situation. Instead of making a rash decision, you need to start asking yourself some important questions. Fortune’s ‘How to Avoid Feeling Stuck in Your Career’ recommends focussing on the good aspects of your past work and life experiences in order to uncover what you want to do more of in the future. For instance, by pinpointing the times when you felt most fulfilled, you will be better able to identify what characteristics you are looking for in a career.

Learn New Things

It’s hard to feel bored when you are stimulating your dendrites with new information and know-how. Plus, by acquiring new competencies, you will make yourself more marketable and increase the likelihood of landing a coveted position. Some options include signing up for online courses, taking night classes at a local college, or applying for in-house training. ‘4 Ways to Advance Your Career as a Massachusetts Contractor’ also suggests that if you are in a trade, you may wish to formalize your training or earn a specialty license.

Examine Your Perceptions

French poet and novelist, Anatole France, once said that in order ‘to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.’ And, for many, this means reframing the way they perceive both their careers and, in many cases, themselves. Self-doubt can render you paralyzed. If you tell yourself that there is no point in applying for other jobs, pursuing an education, or striving for change, you will forever be trapped in your mind-numbingly boring status quo. Conversely, Forbes’ ‘5 Reasons You Feel Trapped in Your Job’ states that if you believe that you do have a chance out there, then suddenly doors are flung open and you get to go exploring. It all begins with your perception.

Make a Change

All of the above activities are wasted if you are not actually willing to make a change. If, however, you are prepared to boldly go where you’ve never gone before, you will need to proactively hunt for what you want. Dream jobs rarely fall from the sky and land in your lap. Join organizations within your desired industry, network as much as possible, search job postings, complete a LinkedIn profile, and seek the assistance of a Career Counselor in your area. And don’t give up. image

Stop spinning your wheels in the muck and mire of a job gone stale. Instead, take the driver’s seat and regain control of your career and chart a new course towards meaningful work, intrinsic rewards, and happiness. And, remember, half the fun is getting there.

Have you embarked on a satisfying career change? What steps did you take to land that dream job?