It has been said that to “keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.“
On the other hand, “if you want something you have never hard, you must do something you have never done!“
So, if your career is stagnating, step back and take an honest look at your work.
Is your work everything you had hoped for?
If the smell of fresh-brewed coffee is the biggest reward after you walk through the office door each day, it’s time to truly perk up your daily grind and reboot your career.
Broaden Your Horizons
One way to jump-start your career is to volunteer for assignments that are outside of your comfort zone or take on additional roles that are valuable to your organization.
For example, you may take on some project management responsibility if you are in a more technical role, so that you can become a better-rounded candidate.
And as a project manager or a business analyst nothing stops you from getting more technical skills, because this makes you more hands-on than your contemporaries.
Adding more skills, both technical or management, can only help you in the long run.
Upgrade your Skills
One of the areas that all professionals need to stay on top of is; “their skill-sets!“
Like it or not, information technology skills are susceptible to losing their value because technology is always changing or evolving.
Do What You Love
One of the reasons why your career is stagnating may be that you’re not doing work that you are passionate about. So, you’re bored, and it shows.
But your managers probably don’t realize the problem; and so, instead of working with you to get to the right place, they keep you in the same job, afraid to give new assignments and responsibilities to someone who, quite frankly, doesn’t seem to want to be there.
So the question to you is, “are you doing what you really want to do with your life?” If you find that you’re not, you need to figure out what makes you happy and do it!
Perhaps what you love to do involves working with a new technology, or on another team / company, or taking on a new role / career.
It’s likely that, you’ll need to re-train to learn the required new skills, but you should never let something like that stand in your way.
It may take time and effort to change your career, but it is likely that you will continue to under-perform or be unhappy until you start doing something you love.
Are You In The Right Place?
Studies have shown that, usually, a person’s workplace is not the reason they are not moving up – quite frankly, it usually has more to do with them, rather than the place where they work.
But some organizations are better suited for certain career paths than others.
For example, if you’re a computer programmer, your greatest challenge comes from developing new software applications.
If the work given to you is mostly that of maintaining software systems, you may find yourself getting bore as you repeat the same maintenance tasks over and over again.
Does your company have a technology focus?
That isn’t to say that your company needs to be a technology giant or software development company; because we can’t all work for companies like Microsoft, Google or Apple.
Rather, what you should ask yourself is, “does your company recognize the value of technology or leverage it extensively for the day to day operations of their business?“
Do You Have A Career Path?
Everyone wants to have the opportunity to grow in some way in their work.
Even if you don’t want to move into management, you may want to move into a project management role?
Asking yourself what it is you want to do long-term, and then examining whether or not your company is going to be able to help you get there is something everyone needs to do at some point in their career.
In the end, only you can determine what it is that will jump-start your career.
It might take new skills, or new responsibilities, or even a new job altogether, but there’s not much point in delaying the inevitable.
Other challenges may be phrased with questions like “how can I promote myself”, “what should I do in life”, “what career I should choose” because professionals frequently rethink or regret their choices in these areas.
Here are some of the tips for overcoming regrets and getting more control over your career.
BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
If you have lost your confidence, you can take it back. Irrespective of your profession, you can regain your confidence any time.
Change your statements from “I can’t do it to I can do it or I can at least try“.
Change your statements from “I did wrong to I did better than before and I’ll do better again“
Change your statements from “Will this idea work? to No idea is bad“
You should replace your pessimistic thinking or talking with a more optimistic apprach or conversation.
Think of yourself as a professional in your department and your confidence will start growing.
THINK MORE ABOUT YOUR CAREER OPTIONS
Working at different jobs or roles will help you build a better understanding of your skills, experience or the opportunities out there.
Search for new opportunities and don’t restrict yourself to just one conventional or traditional career. Keep your options open and you’ll succeed at work.
Consider working as a volunteer to get different experiences as this will eventually help you decide the best career for yourself.
WORK ON YOURSELF CONSTANTLY
One of the best ways to boost your confidence is by updating your resume each time you complete a project.
The next thing is stay up-to-date with changes in your industry using the internet, journals, electronic papers, online classes etc.
If you are preparing for a job interview, first have an interview session with your self; answering questions like “why do I want this job“, or “why am I qualified to do this job“, etc.
Your answers should reflect a strong self confidence, positive mental attitude and personal competence.
Try to practice quick answers; lasting for not more than couple of minutes.
Talk with yourself in front of the mirror and give these answers.
This will surely help you in your interview and it will eventually increase your confidence as well.
The only way to be successful in a competitive job market is to market yourself constantly.
People with strong marketing skills get the best jobs even when they are less qualified than others.
One way to market yourself is to make a personal, nice looking, business card which you can distribute.
Also, consider using a blog to showcase your skills and expertise.
Finally, join a local networking group that will help you meet people.
GET YOUR FAMILY TO SUPPORT
Many professionals faces obligations and responsibilities related with their family, culture, religion.
But they often find it difficult to spare more time for either their professional or family obligations.
If you are thinking of putting in the extra work that it takes to reboot your career, you should discuss it with your spouse or children in advance, to avoid creating a lot of stress.
Consider asking your spouse for support, because the extra work you may need to invest in your career, may place a burden on your family.
The sooner you can take an honest look at your career, make an objective assessment of your skills and prospects and make the necessary adjustments, the sooner you will begin to experience a more satisfying career.