Three steps to take if your career is in a rut

Do you feel like your career is in a rut? Here are three steps you can take.

Do you worry that your career might have stagnated a little? Perhaps you’re simply no longer interested in what you’re doing each time you head into the office. Or maybe you never have been?

Many people choose a job as a stop-gap before they move onto something better – and then simply get stuck. Here are three steps to consider taking if you feel that describes your situation.

1) Move away 

One option would be to move on to fresh pastures. Many people find their dream career in a place with a different culture than the one where they were raised. This can be useful if you never traveled when you were younger and have only seen a few places around the world.

It is however worth noting that you can’t just simply pick a place on the map and fly there. You will need to proceed through a number of steps, including possibly hiring an immigration solicitor.

It’s also worth noting that it’s easier to immigrate if you already have been offered a position in a business, as they’ll take care of your visa and all moving arrangements and costs. 

2) Go back to school 

It’s possible that your career is stagnating because you keep getting passed by for opportunities like promotions on the market. If that’s the case, then you need to think about how to make yourself more appealing to employers.

It’s a little known fact that employers decide whether they want to hire you in the first few minutes of the meeting. Or rather, they decide if they don’t want to hire you. This doesn’t give you much chance to impress them which means that they are at least partially basing their decision on everything they read on your resume.

That’s why a new degree or course can be useful. It can give you additional knowledge or experience that you need to dazzle them. Be aware that some skills are more attractive than others. For instance, learning a second language will always make you more valuable to any employer. 

3) Freelance 

Finally, you might want to think about working for yourself rather than continuing to pursue a career working for someone else. A freelance career can be the right choice if you are fed up with having someone breathing down your neck through the workday, micromanaging you.

By freelancing you gain the freedom you always wanted in terms of how often and how much you work. You can still earn a lot of money too and these days, numerous industries do provide the opportunity to freelance. You just won’t have the same level of job security. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the best steps to take if you are struggling to break your career out of a nasty rut. Once you do this, you might find that you are more satisfied each day you go into work.

That’s important, particularly when you consider that we spend 30% of our lives in the office. Take sleep out of the equation and we spend more time working than anything else.