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In a Career Rut?

Do you feel like you are in a rut with your current job?  Need/want to make more money?  Feel overworked and underappreciated?  There are a lot of people who are shaking their head yes, yes, and most definitely yes as they answer these questions. 

So, let me ask you this question:  why haven’t you made a career change either to a different position or a similar position with a different company?

People are not always happy in their position, but it is easier to stay than it is to make a change so they become complacent at their job. We spend too much time every week at our jobs to be unhappy; this unhappiness will overflow into your personal life, guaranteed.  Let’s start today in defining our career goal and move forward in your career!

Here are 4 steps that will get you out of your rut and into the career you deserve:

1. Don’t make any more excuses, most of the time we are our own worst enemy when it comes to talking ourselves out of doing something better.  We discourage ourselves by continually saying I can’t because of X, it is too hard, I don’t have any other skills, why would that company hire me.  Stop the pity party and take control of your thoughts: you can do it, it’s not too hard, you can learn skills, and they will hire you because you have experience and ambition to learn. You have to take your circumstances out of your thought process, you are limiting your capabilities and not taking action without even realizing you are controlling your future negatively.  As an example: If you feel that a company won’t hire you because there are so many other more qualified people then you won’t apply for it.  This is the mindset that will keep you in a rut. 

Let’s talk about skillsets.  Just because you do not have a formal education for particular skills, real life experience gives you skillsets.  In a previous position, did you take over a position for a period of time because of someone quitting or maternity leave?  If you were given the responsibility of payroll, as an example, for a period of time then add that to your resume.  This is a skill that you acquired through real life experience. 


2. Figure out what you want to do.  A lot of times people say “I hate my job”, “I wish I could do X”, or “I don’t know where to start”.  Before you can move towards your career goal, you have to know what it is you want to do.  What do you picture to be your end result?  Meaning what is going to make you feel like you accomplished something in your career or a career that you can see yourself doing that makes you happy? This is a huge step because you can’t get past your excuses if you have no idea what you want to do.  Think about your current position, what is it that you like?  What transferrable skills do you have?  What is a career or different position within your current career that you find to be interesting?  Google different job titles and read the job descriptions and requirements, this is a great way to help you figure out if it is a position for you.  Unfortunately for so many of us, we get caught living in a rut due to these factors: we stay at a job because it is paying the bills or we forget what makes us happy in a job, we lose sight of what we really have a passion for and what we can thrive at. Make a list today answering the questions above and write a few positions down that you find interesting and align with your skills and/or experience.


3. Time for Change.  You have to change your mindset; you are holding yourself back and causing unnecessary stress and anxiety.  Change is a scary thing for many people, but it doesn’t have to be.  I understand that change can be a frightening thing, the unknown of what is to come.  This is especially true in changing jobs, more so if you are making a good salary that pays the bills.  This is when it is really easy to become comfortable at a job, even if you are not happy.  Just as I mentioned earlier, you have to be happy in what it is you do for 8+hours a day.  In this instance, change is a good thing and it may just take a little time for you to adapt to a new company and co-workers. It is normal to be fearful in making a change, but you have to think of all of the positives and move forward.


5. Set your career goal and plan out how you will reach it.  Now that you threw away the excuses, changed your mindset, and figured out what you want to do it is time to put an action plan together.  It is great to think and talk about what you are going to do, but it means nothing without action.  Write or type this plan out so you can read it daily and work towards it.  If you need to gain skills in a particular area in order to move to a different career path then start by looking up online classes.  Depending on what it is, there are many free options online. If you are unsure how to map out your career plan, click here.


If you want to have the career of your dreams, stop limiting yourself.  The quicker you make a career goal and work towards it, the faster you will have the career of your dreams!