For the majority of people, building a successful and sustainable career will be a lifetime’s work – literally. When things don’t go to plan, it is easy to become disillusioned with your career, leaving you feeling stuck and unsure where to turn.
However, there are several things you can do to avoid this dreaded feeling setting in. Consider the following three tips, which can be relevant at all different stages of your professional life.
Being proactive is one of the most important elements to progressing and building a sustainable career. When starting out on the job hunt, the sole responsibility will be on you to put yourself out in search of opportunities.
Finding work when you’re unemployed can feel like a full-time job in itself, and it can be easy to get disheartened if things don’t immediately go your way. In this instance, you could be proactive in broadening your skill set by undertaking online courses or gaining professional qualifications. Not only will this help your job search yield better results, it can stand you in good stead further down the line when the new skills you have acquired can be used in a professional setting.
Even when you are in employment, unless you land the job of your dreams, it is important to remain proactive so you don’t fall behind and miss out on an opportunity to further your development. This could involve remaining active in the job market, requesting email alerts when new roles become available, or by continuing your personal development with training and courses.
Consider professional help
If your professional development is at a standstill and you feel stuck in your career, it could be worth seeking help from a life coach or counsellor. There could be many reasons why you feel this way, from lack of motivation to low self-confidence. A life coach will address the cause of these issues and work closely with you to overcome them to allow you to reach your full potential.
A big part of life coaching is setting personal goals, in order to help you to stay motivated and achieve more in both your career and personal life. As with any form of coaching, the emphasis is largely placed on the individual to work towards their personal development outside of sessions, but your coach will give you all the tools needed to do this. Before hiring a life coach, it is important to conduct some research to find the perfect fit for you. Some coaches will specialise more in certain areas, so be sure to read up on professional profiles and reviews before committing to a session.
Document your value and successes
Life moves quickly. When working in a fast-paced environment, it’s very easy to overlook the contribution you are making to your workplace and even the wider world. In this way, it is important to take stock of any little wins or progress you have made in or out of work. This can help to motivate and boost self-confidence, making future goals even more attainable.
Furthermore, making note of the successes throughout your career is crucial to your progression. Adding these to CVs and cover letters will highlight to potential employers what differences you have made in your current role, and how these could be useful in a new workplace.
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