Does it feel like lately you’ve been doing your job on autopilot? Honestly, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 study done by Gallup Poll, only 32% of U.S. employees said they’re actively engaged in their jobs. And the reason for that disconnection is closely tied to a sense of stagnating career development.
Don’t think, however, that career stagnation is the same thing as disliking a job. If someone truly hated their profession, the individual would most likely do something about it quickly. But if you’re no longer feeling engaged in your work, and find yourself feeling trapped in a career that doesn’t have a foreseeable future, you should do something about it. So how do you know if you’re stuck in a career rut? Ask yourself these three questions.
Are Your Motivated?
Everyone goes through the occasional periods of boredom, but if they become an everyday occurrence, motivation tends to rapidly decline. As employees, we need motivation to keep working hard. And once that “stuck in a rut” feeling happens, career growth falls flat. If your performance has plateaued and the desire to learn anything new is gone, it’s time to reevaluate your situation and ask yourself why those patterns persist.
Are You Still Learning New Things?
Has it been awhile since you’ve actually learned anything new? Perhaps you feel you know everything there is to know about your job, but haven’t grown within your company? When you feel there’s been a halt in career development, you should address the problem immediately. Try volunteering to lead a new project, such as giving a presentation or taking on a new client or proposal. This allows you to create renewed excitement in the workplace as you research new ideas and use your brain in fresh ways.
Unfortunately, some companies just cannot (or will not) accommodate career growth. So if you don’t see a way to climb up your employer’s corporate ladder, it might not just be you. According to a University of Phoenix survey, 64% of working adults say they have limited opportunities for growth within their current companies. If this describes your current state of mind, it’s probably time to start looking elsewhere for a new career.
Have You Fallen Out of Love with Your Job?
When you spend several years in the same position, what was once charming and wonderful about your role may now be annoying and make you feel tied down or stifled. Developing resentment could result in going to work angry, ignoring workloads, and taking more time off to avoid the less enjoyable parts of your work day. Ultimately, you could get into a habit of spending as much time away from your job as possible. If you’re starting to daydream about other jobs, it’s time to move on.
If you’re going through the scenarios above, the good news is you’ve already established that a shift needs to be made in your professional life. Now is the time to re-discover what type of career will make you feel fulfilled so you can start searching for the right profession. Our career coaches can help you with this transition, whether you need assistance with tweaking your resume, preparing for an upcoming interview, or simply discussing your career ambitions so we can get you back on the right search path. And if you’re looking for a great way to get serious about your career search, our latest ebook is a great tool to follow!
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