If you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel,
Change your viewpoint,
Change your viewpoint,
Sometimes career gels. You're happy, successful, and producing well. Other times, it just feels off.
Looking at the whole of your career can be daunting. Don't.
Consider your current situation and break the whole career into steps.
Consider the following questions. These represent a few key moments that can cause us to feel stuck. If you feel you have the answer, move on to the next. If you initial response is, "I don't know" or "I'm not sure," dig deeper.
Are you motivated?
Do you under the purpose behind your work? Do you understand how your role is tied to the mission of your company? If you are considering a change, what is motivating you to change?
Research has shown that people who feel a sense of purpose about their work or have internal motivators to change are happier and more successful. Find something to connect you to your work and your work to your goals.
Do you understand the typical career path within your current profession or understand the career options available to you?
As we progress through our careers, we repeatedly learn and excel at new skills. If we don't continue to learn and develop new skills, we can stagnate. Talk to colleagues and others in your field to understand emerging skill sets and the career options that are open to you. Alumni are a great source of information about the paths different people took after they finished their degree or certificate program. LinkedIn is another wonderful tool to identify and connect with people in different fields. If you haven't yet connected with alumni or LinkedIn, take time to get this started.
Is your information about a job / career / company reliable?
It is important to understand that everyone has bias in how they remember and convey information. A networking contact will convey what they like and don't like about a job. But you need to understand their point of view and put the information into that context. Maybe you would like the things they dislike. An HR person is writing a job description as PR to an external audience and to fit the role into an internal hierarchy. If you can talk to a person who has filled that role, you can get a sense for how closely the actual job resembles the advertised job. If you can't talk to someone who has filled the role, ask good questions in the interview. Peer submissions on sites like Glassdoor.com can provide good insight into the work and company culture. However, be cautious before believing reviews that are either too positive or too negative.
If you wish to discuss these questions, or any other career issues, contact me.
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Julie L. Bartimus,