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How to Escape a Career Rut

Tips on How to Escape a Career Rut
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Everybody gets itchy feet throughout their life, but what do you do when it’s related to your career? Whether you’re in a job for 5 or 20 years, you’re bound to have a moment where you feel stuck, unmotivated or just simply fed up. Your job should give you at least 90% satisfaction. You should feel excited to get into work on a Monday morning and ready for any challenges that come your way.

So How Can You Get Out of a Career Rut?

1. Plan: Make a list

This isn’t necessarily a tip that will suddenly make you love your job, but at least you’ll discover what you do love in your job. Grab a pen and paper, divide the page into like and dislike, sit down and spend 30 minutes thinking about which aspects of your day-to-day tasks should make the ‘like’ list and which should make the ‘dislike’. Once you can confidently say what you like and dislike you can start taking action.

2. Motivate: Catch a Talk

After going to a talk or a conference I’m always bursting with ideas and filled with a new enthusiasm about my job. I feel like just shouting “YAAAAS”. There’s always a wide variety of talks, networking events and conferences going on in Dublin and around the country. I find that Eventbrite is your one-stop shop for finding, well, any event related to either your industry or hobbies.

3. Upskill: Part-time Course

As Oscar Wilde said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”. Education is one of the most important investments you can make in yourself, and I’m not just saying that because this is a college blog. A part-time course is great for many reasons from career progression to personal development. You can focus in on a particular area that you’re interested in or that you feel needs improvement, whether it be accounting, business or IT. Upskilling in an area you are passionate and interested in can help motivate you to make a career move or improve your prospects in your current workplace.

4. Test: Freelance Work

This isn’t relevant for every industry but freelance work is a fantastic way to flex your muscles and improve on your skills. It gives you the chance to delve into areas in or related to your industry that you may not get to explore on a daily basis. Although it means giving up a few hours of your weeknight or weekend it’s thoroughly rewarding both professionally and personally.

5. Get Active: New Job, yes, please!

If your job isn’t giving you what you need in terms of personal development, professional challenges and overall satisfaction, then maybe it’s time to move on. Sit down with your manager and see if there are other roles within your company that you could try out, even on a trial basis. If you want something completely new there’s plenty of tools out there to help you such as Glassdoor or Jobbio.

Don’t stay stuck in a rut; be proactive and make the necessary changes so your 9 - 5 makes you feel psyched every day!

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