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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.