How-to: Triumph Over a Career Slump

Updated: Feb 19

by FutureLab | 13 Sep 2018

1. Get some time off or take a step back Everyone needs a break every now and then, but don’t spend it wallowing in feeling all sad and helpless! Use these precious moments to assess what is happening around you and come up with why some things are not working out, or why some things are growing in a negative light.

Making a physical list helps, or simply observe your work routine. Ask yourself questions relating to how you feel, what the pros and cons of your current job are, and most importantly – what can you do to change the things that are not helping you grow.

Work in a little comfort routine if you are unable to take some time off, such as going for a walk every three hours, or switching from coffee to juices every once in a while. You may already be feeling burnt out, so putting your health at the highest priority comes before all the rest.

2. Speak to a trusted person Sometimes you will be able to find a kindred spirit who can empathize with your stagnancy, and possibly offer some advice on how to overcome it. It might be a colleague who is familiar with your surroundings, or possibly a friend who knows your rants back to front. You may be surprised to find out that quite a few of your peers are struggling with a similar dilemma.

Gaining a idea of what’s happening from a second opinion can often get the gears in your head moving, and possibly spur you to finally take some action.

3. Grow your network

It is always good to stay connected to a solid group of people with similar interests, and meeting even more people with a different and/or deeper understanding of what you want to know more about will help you in the long run. Communicating with a network that is beyond your workplace and school groups will help you expand and get out of those bubbles and explore the larger picture of all areas, even if you are just doing it for fun.

4. Go back to studying

If you are feeling lost and frustrated after having a taste of the working world, returning to something familiar could bring you out of that rut. Most, if not all of us, have gone through at least 12 straight years of being a full-time student, so going back to an educational atmosphere would be like a fish to water. Not only will you be in a place you are inherently familiar with, seeing things you are doing that actually progresses and gaining feedback will lighten your mood tremendously.

Signing up for an online course, whether it be something completely new, or starting on postgraduate pursuits will put you back in an environment where you know yourself best. With the added comfortable and flexible timetable, you will also be actively gaining skills to add to your repertoire without affecting your ongoing responsibilities.

5. Re-establish your ambition Remember how determined and optimistic you were when you set out to do something before this stagnancy brought you down? Chasing after a career can take a lot out of you, so really take some time to affirm what you want to do for the rest of your working days. Once you’ve got some idea, take initiative and focus on getting there, and shed the negativity your stagnancy has brought about along the ride.

If your workplace can not offer any avenues for you to gain more skills, the option for studying to add and hone skills is always open. And now in the age of technology, the university comes right to you! Online studying is becoming increasingly popular for its mode of study that does not require you to shuffle your existing commitments upside down, and does not take up as much time and money a full-time on-campus course takes.

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