5 Steps to Reignite your Career

Did you land in a career you had dreamed about as a child? Maybe the decisions you made during the course of your career has landed you somewhere that surprises you?

Research shows that job satisfaction is based on a combination of factors, including:

  • feeling like you are contributing,
  • feeling that you are appreciated,
  • being fairly rewarded
  • working conditions and environment.
  • learning and development

Boston Consulting Group researched the factors that contribute to employee happiness and you can read the full article here.

I am not happy…..

But what happens when you are feeling unhappy in the workplace? When you are dragging yourself into work in the morning? When you have lost any enthusiasm or passion for your role? When you are just going through the motions?

You may be unhappy at work because:

  • You don’t get along with your colleagues or boss
  • You are bored and unfulfilled
  • You are feeling insecure in your role due to impeding organisational change
  • Colleagues are being promoted ahead of you
  • Your values have changed and they no longer align with the organisation

So, how do you pull yourself out of a mid-career slump? It is going to take some introspection, some honesty, planning and action.

  1. Self-assessment

These are the questions you should consider carefully. It may be useful to record your answers to these questions for future use:

  • Do you enjoy working for your company?
  • Do you actively promote it to friends and family?
  • Are you learning new things in your role?
  • Is there scope for your development?
  • Is there scope for promotion?
  • Do you align to the companies values?
  • Are you being paid a fair market rate for your current skills and experience?
  • Are you doing what you are passionate about?
  • What motivates you to perform in your current role? Is it being respected? Salary? Title? Flexibility? Are you happy with these?
  • What are your strengths and talents? Is your existing role making use of these?

You may also like to do an online assessment of your skills and the work you are suited for. There are many examples online, and this one is relatively quick and easy.

Now, consider your interests outside the workplace. Do any of these lend themselves to career opportunities?

  1. Analyse your results

Based on the questions you asked yourself above consider whether you are you actually suited to your current role and organisation. You may have outgrown it, or never have been suited to it in the first place.

  1. Decide where you want to be

Does the corner office have your name on it? Do you want your boss’s role? Do you have a completely different career in mind? Or is it just time to take the next step up the ladder?

  1. Write an Action Plan

Your career action plan has to be based on financial reality and your responsibilities outside of the workplace. Set yourself some SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timed) goals and a realistic timeframe for achieving them. They may be short term or Long Term goals or both.

The simple act of writing these down is powerful. If you find your goals overwhelming, remember you can take one big goal and cut it down into achievable chunks on your to-do list.

Some of the questions you might like to consider whilst you are determining your goals are as follows:

  • Is it time to proactively get involved where you are now? Can you put your hand up for a new project or ask for additional responsibilities? Is there something in particular that could be tweaked about your current role that would reignite your passion for it?
  • Did you decide it’s time for a new role? What is the new role you want?
  • If it is a new role you are after, do you need to work on building your networks in this industry or company?
  • Do you need to study to improve your skills and earning potential? If so, you may need to research the requirements for the role you are after.

You can use this table to write down your career goals.     

My Smart Goal Estimated Date to be completed Outcome Date Complete

5.  Check back over the course of the year

Remember that priorities and values can change over time. The goals you have now may be quite different in 2 years’ time. Where you have made progress on your goals, don’t forget to acknowledge and reward yourself for your achievement!If you are looking for a new role in 2017 then Arnold Group can help.  We have developed a strong reputation for providing quality recruitment services. We focus on the niche fields of Safety, Insurance and Risk. We invite you to follow our LinkedIn Company page to see available roles and industry news.