I’m needing some inspiration as I’m feeling very stale in my job but don’t know what to do next.
I’m working in a position where basically dreams go to die. I took the job after graduating as I was terrified of being one of those graduates who wastes three years at university then remains unemployed for years on end with a lump of debt on their shoulders. I was relieved to have landed the role so quickly after graduating (with a 2:1 in History), but three years later I haven’t progressed because there’s no promotional ladder in my place of work. I feel like I’ve achieved all that I possibly can here but I have absolutely no idea what type of job I could do next.
My mom told me to work out what parts of my current job I enjoy and look for jobs which entail those elements however I’m feeling so stale that there is genuinely nothing that I can think of that enthuses me professionally.
What can I do to motivate myself to find another job and feel enthusiastic again about my professional life? Any advice on where to job hunt would also be appreciated.
You sound like you have got yourself in a bit of a rut. There is no need to be so down trodden as there are so many opportunities that you can explore.
For the reasons you mentioned, you were obligated to take the first, unappealing job when leaving university. There are very few people that find their dream job from the off-set and to be frank, no-one with ambition is expected to stay in their first employed role forever. Sometimes it can take up to half a dozen career changes before you find what you really enjoy. For seven years, Sara Blakely worked as a door to door sales person selling office supplies before becoming a billionaire through launching her creation, Spanx. Sometimes the most unappealing of experiences will spur you to make the most adventures and unexpected steps.
You have not mentioned your field of employment, however my following advice will encompass anyone seeking motivation and drive in all areas of work. All it takes is the conviction to set yourself new goals and challenges. Shake off the last uninspiring three years and focus positively on what you have gained during this working period, that you will be able to offer a potential new employer. You have proved that you are reliable, committed and able to work as part of a team. These are all skills that you can transfer. Within your current employment you will have a job specification that details the responsibilities your role entails – read through the specifications and tick the tasks you feel you do best. Ask yourself what qualities you possess that enable you to perform these tasks with ease and satisfaction. Delve deeper and identify what resources you use to achieve the final result. There could be some hidden treasures here that you have not yet recognised.
You have your achievement of a 2:1 in History tucked away in your bag. The many skills you would have had to use whilst studying History can be exercised within many occupations. Law, Research Analyst, Teacher of History, Anthropology to name but a few.
Write a profile on yourself including all the points I’ve mentioned above. There are many sites on the internet that will assist with writing an effective CV. Be excited about what you can offer and how you present yourself, as this will project very clearly with the reader. You can be the opportunist and mail / hand in your CV to companies for whom you’d like to work. You can also use a social media platform like LinkedIn to gain prospective new employers’ attention.
You are very employable, so show off your abilities…you never know what may come your way.
Let me know how you get on.