I feel like I’ve reached a real stale point in my career. It’s as if I’m just getting up, doing the same thing five times a week, going home, going to bed and doing it all again the very next day.
I don’t hate my job by any means. I just have no upward trajectory.
I was wondering if you might have any ideas that could inspire me, or rather give me a kick up the proverbial to get going with my career again. I’m 30 this year and should be building my life, so why do I find myself just settling for the same old same old?
Thank you in advance. By the way I love the podcast and listen every single week. The Dear Donna is my favourite section, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to write to you myself. Maybe that’s the whole point – I just haven’t been doing anything for myself.
Firstly, I think it would be fair to say that a lot of people will be feeling the same way as you right now. It feels as if the whole world has come to a halt and so you are bound to feel that this is being reflected in your professional life.
Ask yourself what it was that you enjoyed about your job originally. Are those elements still relevant now? If the answer is yes, then it sounds as though you are in the right place, but that you just need a new challenge. Don’t be afraid to ask your management if there is any other projects you can be part of. Not only will this boost your motivation, but you will appear to be enthusiastic to your employers. Alternatively, if the answer is no, then it may be time for you to move on.
In regard to your lack of upward trajectory, do not wait for the ship to come to you. Where would you like to be in your career this time next year? Where would you like to be in your career in three years’ time? When you have worked out the answer to these questions, you then need to consider how you are going to get there. If it helps you to formulate a plan, then do so. It doesn’t matter if you do not religiously stick to this plan, but at least it gives you an understanding of what needs to be done for you to climb that professional ladder.
Do not forget its Groundhog Day for everyone right now, however things are looking up. Soon your personal life won’t be so repetitive either and the opportunity to socialise and have a change of scenery will make you feel better and shine some positivity on your professional life too.
I hope this helps.