February 16, 2015 Leave a comment
We all know the feeling. You hit the snooze button over and over again; you spend too much time on Facebook at work and are counting the seconds until you can leave the office. You are in a work rut and it happens. The next time you’re feeling like you’ve hit a rut at your job, consider doing the following things instead of just giving up and switching careers:
If you are feeling stuck or bored, ask for more work. This may sound strange, as it seems like what you are doing is something you’ve grown tired of, but it’s just what you need. Instead of starting to look for other jobs immediately, look to advance your skills in your current role. Go to your boss and let her know you are open to more responsibility. Don’t say you are bored with your current role, but rather you are looking to expand your skills and experience.
Get a coffee. When you are early in your career you really don’t have perspective. The good news is you can borrow some. Invite someone that is more senior than you in your field, and that you admire, for coffee. Ask these people to give their advice and keep in mind that you aren’t boring them, but likely flattering them. Professionals with seniority can give you some perspective and inspire you to embrace your job, whatever it may be. Another bonus: having these kinds of personal relationships with other people in your field helps with long-term networking.
Go on vacation. If you’re feeling in a rut at your job, it might be because you aren’t getting enough of a work-life balance. A good reminder is to not completely lose yourself in your job. Don’t let it take over your life. Take adventures outside of work; book a vacation to somewhere exotic or if you are on a budget do something totally different to mix up your routine. Spend time in a new neighborhood for the day or take a dancing class. Doing things that make you feel excited outside of work will help prepare you to focus during the workday.
Stop comparing yourself to others. Who cares that your college roommate founded an inspirational nonprofit to work for right after graduation? Good for her! Each career path is different and getting the job you really wants requires patience. Millennials want instant gratification but we need to stay present and learn along the way. Ride out the rut and embrace the journey to the career you really want—with hard work and patience, you might find it sooner than you think.