When you find yourself in a career rut, it can certainly be very frustrating for you. Not only do you feel like your career is going nowhere, but you tend to also feel like you don’t have the energy or motivation to do anything about it. Well, if that’s how you’re feeling right now, it’s time you snapped out of it. Of course, that’s much easier said than done but with the right mindset and some active steps in the right direction, you’ll find your way out of this rut.
The first thing you should accept is that you’re certainly not the first person to feel this way about your career. We all go through times when we’re not sure where our career is heading or what we should do about it. That’s just the way it is. However, there are plenty of people who get back on track and find a positive way forward too, so you can take inspiration from those success stories.
It’s time to look at exactly how you can get out of your career rut and what it’ll take. You can’t just coast along waiting for things to change because it requires action on your part. Scroll down and read on to find out which steps you need to take right now.
Search for New Inspiration
First of all, you should look for inspiration where you can find it. There are plenty of ways to get inspired and push your career in a more positive direction if you want to. Doing this will certainly help you when it comes to putting in the work each day; it might even make you excited about your work again. You could talk to someone about your career, get inspired by someone who’s found real success in your field and try to emulate their success in your own career.
Do Some More Networking
Networking is a good way to reach out and find new opportunities. If you’re tired of sitting behind your desk doing work that you consider boring, you should instead try to network and see if there are new opportunities out there that you can grab hold of and run with. You might be surprised by just how many opportunities there are. However, you probably won’t even find out about most of them unless you’re active at industry events and networking with the aim of meeting new people.
Find a Mentor
Having a mentor on your side who has the knowledge and the experience that you’re maybe lacking can be of real benefit to you and your career. They’ll help you out of your career rut by teaching you tricks you never knew about before and helping you climb the career ladder faster than you might have thought possible in the past. This mentor can be someone from inside your current business, which is the way these things are usually organised, so don’t hesitate to look into it and make the most of it.
Confront What’s Causing Your Problems
If you feel like your career is in a rut, you should think about what’s making you feel that way. Is there a specific aspect of your job that’s getting you down? Have you missed out on a promotion recently? By being honest about what’s driving these feelings, you will find it easier to formulate a response to those problems and find a constructive way forward. So don’t hide away from what’s causing you to feel that you’re in a rut; instead, confront those problems head-on if you can.
Make Changes to Your Routine
Your routine could be the thing stopping you from making advances in your career. If that’s the case, you should seriously think about changing your routines and making it possible for you to get the most out of each day at work. It’s amazing how much of a difference a simple chance can make, so don’t underestimate this. It could be a change to how you start your day or how you approach your work each day. It’s up to you, but a shake-up of things could be all you need right now.
Enroll on a Course
Finding a course that you can enroll on might be a good idea because this might be the basis of a career change for you. Changing your career will allow you to achieve so much more and help you to take things to the next level in your career. If you want to do something technical, you could look into options like Kettering’s Online computer engineering degree. It should be something that you know will expand your horizons and allow you to achieve more going forward in your career.
Put Yourself Forward for New Challenges
When the chance arises to take on a new challenge, you should grab it with both hands and go for it. This is a good way to escape your rut because it helps you to throw yourself into a project that you find difficult and challenging. Many people feel like they’re in a rut because they’re constantly doing work that they feel is too easy for them. A real and fresh challenge will change all that and help you to feel excited and motivated to go to work again. That’s exactly what you require right now.
Take Training to Learn New Skills
When you get the chance to do some new training in your career, you should make the most of it. Training opportunities come along all the time in many workplaces, but if they’re voluntary, most people just ignore them. Instead of doing that, next time you should embrace those opportunities and learn new things that’ll help you achieve more every day at work. It could be the kick that you need to start enjoying your job and feeling fulfilled by it once more. Keep this in mind next time a training opportunity arises.
Do the Unexpected
There are many ways to take on work and projects that are unexpected. It’s up to you to take on projects that are unexpected and unusual. There’s no need to put yourself in situations you don’t want to be in, but by trying things you wouldn’t normally want to try, you can sometimes learn new skills and discover things you love that you didn’t know about before. It’s another example of changing your working life so that you can get more out of it and stop the boredom you might have been experiencing before.
Throw Yourself Into Collaborative Work
Collaborative work can be a really good way to make you feel revitalised at work each day. When you’re working closely alongside other people, you can feel motivated by them and their enthusiasm for the project can be infectious, helping you to feel more passionate and enthusiastic about it too. If you have the chance to throw yourself into a collaborative project and to work closely with other people, you should make the most of it and go for it. It could be great for you.
Meet with a Career Advisor
If it’s been a long time since you talked to a career advisor, maybe this is something that could help you out of your career rut. It’s about finding out what an objective and external professional thinks about your situation and what their professional advice would be. There are plenty of career advisors out there, so why not book an appointment with one near you and see what you can learn from the whole experience? You might get some pointers and advice that help your career going forward.
Create Some Ambitious Goals
Having ambitious goals in place that you can work towards over time is really important for anyone in their career. These goals become even more significant and important when you’re feeling unsure of your career and where it’s heading next. You should make those goals as clear and specific as they can be so that you can work towards them gradually in the months and years ahead. Most importantly, they should be ambitious so that you don’t get too complacent.
Talk Through Your Problems
Sometimes, talking to your boss about your career problems can be really helpful. Your problems might be resolvable if you talk to your boss about them and find a way forward together. Most problems are easy enough to solve if your boss is willing to work through them with you and make changes to your work. So don’t assume that you’re stuck with your problems because that’s probably not the case at all. Talking is often tough, especially when it comes to your problems, but you should try it!
We all find ourselves in a career rut from time to time. That’s just the way it is sometimes. What really matters when you find yourself in that kind of situation is how you respond to it and how you get yourself out of it. If you’re in a career rut right now, use the ideas above to drag yourself out of it.
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32 thoughts on “How to Get Out of a Career Rut”
I would love to quit my job but I can’t yet. Good tips for someone who stucked in one place
I think my problem is I get bored easily. I like my career but I feel like I’m not growing.
I’m always seeking new challenges which satisfy me temporarily and then I’m looking for the next thing. Sometimes I think I need to learn to be satisfied but other times I’m thinking I only have one life and why not try to reach my full potential
Yeah it is hard. There are so many factors we have to consider. Good luck! I hope you can find the balance or decipher which really weighs more.
I live that you suggest a variety of strategies that are well thought out rather than just saying dive right in! It can be so hard to get out of a rut and it’s so important to identity exactly what the issues are!
Exactly! Things like this, there are so many things at stake, and we can’t just dive right in.
These are all great suggestions in getting out of a career rut/burning out. I feel resting is also so vital in maintaining some sort of balance in our everyday hectic lives.
I agree. Balance could be one saving factor, and we can do this if we have alternative like resting/relaxation or some other activities that are total opposite that could actually revitalize us.
Sometimes you do just get bored with what you may be doing with your job. These are some really great tips on how to get unstuck from that feeling.
Great advice for getting out of a career rut and you certainly can benefit from having multiple tools in your arsena as your post suggests.
That’s right, this way you’ve got choices. Thanks
I was in a career rut. So I quit my job and pursued my dreams. 4 years later, I couldn’t be happier.
It was so brave of you!
This is perfect timing for what I have plan for next year when it regards o my career. I have a job that was stable enough but I feel like I can do more. Thank for this great post it really motivates me.
Glad this has help you somehow. Thanks.
This is a really very good post and perfect for me right now. I am presently feeling as if I am stuck in a space where I don’t want to be and trying to find a hole in the ice-sheet to break-out of the rut.
Great to know that this has somehow has given a sort of inspiration or encouragement. I hope you’ll be able to figure things out soon.
This post is so timely for me as I am going through this now. I have been in the same role 6 years and I know that it’s time for a change. 2019 is my year for change.
Great for you. Good luck!
Bullying is one of the social problems we have always encountered. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this 🙂
My pleasure. Bullying is indeed everywhere,and experienced by most of us.
These are some awesome ideas to get out of a career rut. The best one would be finding your passion and purpose. Until you find what drives you to success you will continue to feel lost and demotivated.
I definitely agree with you.
I really needed to read this right now. I’ve really been struggling with how boring and repetitive my job is. I really like the idea of facing new challenges.
Great that this has been a help.
One thing with me I love team work because my idea can be a good idea but once you mention it to someone they can open your eyes to better it that you didnt even notice
That is so true. As they say, two minds are better than one.
These are some great ideas. I do always try to talk through problems if I have them. And I love to make goals!
I am in a rut right now so this is good. I need to do something unexpected.
Very sound advice. I know people who were in a career rut and did some of these things to get out of it. I would recommend this to anyone looking to make a change.
A very timely post for me.
I think I need to take some steps immediately as it’s getting quite hard to deal with the bullying at my current workplace.
Bullying is unacceptable. I’m just being naughty here, before you leave give your bullies a piece of your mind.