5 Practical Ways to Successfully Break Out of a Career Rut

“How did I get so stuck in a rut?”

If where you are isn’t where you want to be, where you want to be isn’t impossible.

Sometimes, we get stuck in life. Everything seem blur and life isn’t fair at all to us. We go through life hoping that tomorrow brings its best.

If you’re currently stuck in your career, there’re countless other persons who are in the same boat as you are. In a job market saturated with unemployed graduates, people who are dissatisfied with their jobs sometimes never resign; they perserve.   

Career ruts are easy to spot. It renders you unmotivated, unappreciated, or just plain unhappy. Whenever I experience a career rut, these are five ways I break out. I used to believe that the first way to break out from any career rut is to immediately quit my job, but I’ve discovered a fresh direction to handle this challenge. Stick with me.

  • Identify the problem

Whenever you’re stuck in a career rut, the first thing to break out is to identify the problem. Why’re you dissatisfied? What exactly bothers you about your job? It could be that you’re working in an industry that you’re not passionate about. It’s important to find out the problem, it’s always the foundation.

Write down the things you don’t like about your current job and also the things you love about it. This will help you to look out for the right job(s) that suits you.

  • Try a new approach

Think of your job as a learning opportunity. Your career might not be the problem, you just need a new approach to work. Try resume work early, communicate better with colleagues, smile more, etc. Observe top employees in the organization and learn something new from them.

You can also speak with human resource manager. If you still feel you’re in a career rut, then take the next move.

  • Research

My precious advice: Don’t resign from your current job if you haven’t got a new offer.

You can start researching and looking for open positions in other companies that’ll best suit you.  Also, don’t be afraid to explore some new ideas that isn’t the career you imagined.

A friend of mine had a 9-5 office job but realized that her favourite part of the day was when she left work and made meals. She’s now a part-time caterer and hopes to eventually leave the corporate world soon.

Friends, family, former colleagues and professional mentors, etc can also be great assets when you’re trying to revamp your career. Let them know what you’re looking for and ask if they have any recommendations. Advice from someone who knows you and your industry can be more beneficial than Google searches.

  • The Game Plan

Create a game plan and set out to achieve it. Please prioritize.

Your game plan may be something like this:

  • Evaluate my skills. Do I have everything I need to qualify a new role?
  • Update my resume, portfolio, and LinkedIn profile to reflect my latest and greatest work and accomplishments.
  • Browse LinkedIn and send an email to my network to see if I have any contacts within the firms, I’m willing to work for.  Set coffee dates with each of these contacts.
  • Check out open positions at each firm. Use job sites
  • Attend at least one networking event per week to make new connections at these firms.

Everyone’s game plan will look different. You can achieve almost any task by breaking it up into small tasks.

  • Launch

Get started with your plans. This is the most achievable way to get out of your career rut.

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