How To Get Out Of A Career Rut

By Mark Palmer

November 13, 2017   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man

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Career ruts are anything but pleasant. Unfortunately, they are all too common. Many professionals have felt unhappy and unfulfilled at work.

I once felt this way, too.

The good news is that you don’t have to stay in that rut forever. Like I did, you can make changes that can get you out of your funk.

If you’re unsure where to start, here are some steps I followed that may help you as well.

Assess Other Jobs That May Be Available to You

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Getting out of a career rut doesn’t mean that you have to change fields entirely. I, for example, worked at an advertising agency in a big city. It felt stuffy and I felt completely uninspired and unmotivated. Once I moved to a smaller agency with young and motivated co-workers, I started enjoying my job.

If you are in a rut but like what you do for work, start by looking for available positions at other companies similar to yours. Look for one with a more vibrant culture.

If the problem lies in what you do and experience day to day, consider assessing your working environment. It could be that you have a boss who doesn’t appreciate you or you’re unhappy with your co-workers. Also, check your working space to see if it’s making you unproductive.

See Also: 7 Steps On How to Figure Out Your Career

Pursue a Pastime

Your dissatisfaction may not be totally related to your job or even your work environment. You may just assume it is. If you’re unhappy and feel like you’re in a rut, you might be unfulfilled in other areas of your life.

Maybe you don’t have any type of creative outlet or you feel like life is work and work alone. There are no opportunities for fun and excitement.

If that’s the case, you should think seriously about pursuing an activity that interests you. Pursuing a hobby that’s enriching could give you happiness in all other areas of your life. You can take a photography class at a local community college or you can start learning new culinary techniques. Your choices are actually unlimited.

Try to Move Ahead

If you feel stuck at your job, it’s probably because you have absolutely no room for growth. That’s why it’s a good idea to sign up for a leadership development program if one is available to you. It can help you learn about what makes a successful and strong leader.

The best leaders tend to possess strong communication abilities. They tend to be great listeners. They know how to get all of their team members excited and keep them feeling motivated and enthusiastic. If you want to get “unstuck” and change your career for good, learning how to become a skilled leader can be a terrific and productive first step.

Establish a Business on the Side

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Your existing position doesn’t have to be the “be-all and end-all” in your career. If you want to get a brand new lease on life, you should consider establishing a side business you can call your own.

Think about the things that interest you the most in life. You may be a foodie who has a passion for fine dining. You may be a fashionista who loves thinking about creative and imaginative clothing designs.

If you want to find the fulfillment and satisfaction you crave, the concept of starting a business can ignite your passions.

See Also: Entrepreneurship: A Better Career Choice For Generation Z?

Remember to Be Patient

Patience is a great quality for anyone who wants to succeed career-wise. If you want to say goodbye to your career rut for good, you need to have a lot of patience and understand that career success doesn’t come overnight.

Knowing how to get out of a career rut isn’t easy. It requires a lot of effort, time and discipline. But if you push yourself hard, you should be able to get what you want in the end.

Mark Palmer

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