Personal Finance
July 5, 2018

3 Career Boosting Tips For When You Feel Like You’re In A Rut

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated July 5, 2018

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You work hard and are a great employee – so why do you feel like you’re in a rut in your career? Even when you’re speaking up with good ideas, being a team player, offering advice and doing all the other right things it can sometimes feel like you’re not getting anywhere. If you feel trapped and like you’re not sure how to take your career to the next level, check out these career boosting tips that can help.

Many times, people get stuck in ruts because they don’t have a clear idea of what it is they want. If you have stopped learning, pushing to get promoted, etc. it may be because the job isn’t what you want anymore. Ask yourself where you want to be in five years. Try not to think about what anyone else expects of you but just learn what it is that you want and feel passionately about. It’s much more likely that you gain momentum in a career that you’re super excited about.

Often, employers don’t know what track their employees are on. Talking to your boss is a great way to make yourself and your goals known – if you’re seeking a promotion or a raise, set up a meeting to point out all the ways you have served the company and deserve them. Or simply talk to them about mapping out a plan for your future – more likely than not they will be happy and impressed that you are taking initiative.

Sometimes we have holes in our skill set that can hold us back. There could be a very simple skill that you could acquire that could help you move ahead in your career in no time. For example, learning Photoshop to help you improve your design skills. Taking a course in conflict resolution to bolster your HR performance. Learning basic coding skills. There are all kinds of ways you could bolster your knowledge base to make sure that you have even more to offer an employer.

Everyone feels a little stuck at some points in their career! It’s always good to take stock of the situation and figure out ways you can move forward and challenge yourself to make sure that you are fulfilled and never stuck in a rut.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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