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Stuck in a Career Rut? Here’s How to Get Out

Written by Channon Gray

We can all feel a bit sick and tired of going through the same mundane tasks every day. Sometimes, it’s all about stirring it up a bit and finding a way to be excited about your job – other times, however, you might want to look for a way out in order to be happy.

While you know better than anyone what’s best for you, there are a few tried-and-tested ways of making sure that you don’t get stuck in that rut forever.

Here is a handful of great ways to boost your career, learn some new skills, and finally start enjoying those Mondays again.

First: Find a mentor

Finding a mentor means that you have the advice and knowledge of someone with more experience than you to lean on. It doesn’t have to be so formal, though, and you certainly don’t have to go looking for them through a mentor program unless you want to – just approach someone you know who has experience in the field.

It could be an older and more experienced coworker, for example, or someone you met through a networking event. The point is that they will be able to guide you through the rough patches and make it a bit easier to figure out if you’ve reached the end of your career road – or if you’ve just scraped the tip of the iceberg.

Next: Consider expanding your education

After a few years in the same job, you might start to consider jumping ships and joining a company that can offer you a bit more. While this seems fair enough, you might actually find that the competition is a bit tougher than you originally thought – and sticking your head out is way harder unless you have a solid background.

Before you take your hat and leave your current position, you should consider taking online masters in leadership or another type of master that will give you the kind of edge you need.

Because so many of these are online, you’ll be able to do it on the side while working; just remember to mention to your boss, though, and he or she may be able to help you out with some flexible working hours.

Or: Improve your skills

Regardless of whether you’d like to climb the ladder in the company you’re already in or if you’d like to jump ships, it’s an excellent idea to fine tune those important skills first. Public speaking, for example, is a great way to stand out in the crowd because so many people simply dread it.

When you’re one of the few who can step into the spotlight and own the room with confidence, you will surely be noticed – and it may help you out in other social situations as well.

Think about other skills that you might want to improve and spend some time on this before you have that chat with your boss or go looking for another job. You will definitely not regret it.

About the author

Channon Gray

I'm Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 22 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London. I'm now a Graduate Student, Stationery Addict and all round Life Enthusiast.

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