Are you bored of your job? Do you go to work every day knowing exactly how your day will pan out? Do you spend nine hours every day in exactly the same spot doing the same tasks over and over again? It can be very easy to get stuck in a career rut. Many of us are creatures of habit, and being comfortable can give us a sense of reassurance. There’s nothing wrong with staying at the same company or doing the same job for years on end, but many people relish a new challenge, and sometimes, change can bring good things. If you’re anxious about getting stuck in a career rut, here are some moves you may wish to consider.
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Going for a promotion
If you’ve been working hard and there are opportunities at a higher level, why not consider throwing your hat into the ring and trying to secure a promotion? If you’ve got the necessary expertise and skills, and you’ve demonstrated positive attributes during your time at the company, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t express an interest in climbing the ladder. Sometimes, aiming high won’t bring you everything you want, but it’s worth a try. You may get knocked back this time, but that doesn’t mean that the experience won’t be positive. You can learn and make use of feedback, even if it’s negative. It can be hard to take constructive criticism, but it will benefit you in the long-run. If it’s difficult to progress at your current firm, but you want to take that next step, look for vacancies elsewhere. Even if you have great friends at work and you love the office environment, it’s wise to consider other options. You don’t want to let your potential go unfulfilled because you won’t get to see your closest friends every day. Taking risks and putting your name out there can pay off if you’re keen to find that perfect job.
Going it alone
Would you like more control over your working hours and your salary? Are you tired of working hard for other people and not getting much in return? Are you ambitious? If so, you may be thinking about the possibility of going it alone. There are two main options if you’re considering this career path. You can set up your own business, or you could work as a freelancer. Managing a business involves a lot of hard work, and you’ll have to get out there and bring in business. If you’re a freelancer, you can work with agencies to find suitable contracts, but you’ll still have control over the projects you take on. As a freelancer, you can work with individuals or companies, and you can take on short or long-term projects. More and more businesses are employing freelancers, so there are fewer risks involved than in days gone by. There’s no guarantee of work, and this means that you won’t always have a stable income, but opportunities are becoming increasingly abundant.
If you are thinking of becoming self-employed or setting up a business, there’s a lot to think about. How are you going to fund the venture or ensure that you have enough money to get by and pay the bills? What are the legal restrictions? Is there a market for your business? What are your tax liabilities? Doing your research and drafting in expert help will enable you to gain control of everything from drawing up employment contracts to making sure you’re familiar with contractor ir35 legislation. Flying solo is always a risk, but it can really pay off, especially if you feel that your current job restricts your creativity or flexibility or you feel undervalued by your boss.
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A change of direction
If you’re not doing a job you love, it may be a good idea to consider a change of direction. Have you always wanted to do something or have you recently developed an interest, which has made you question your career choice? Perhaps you want to try something completely different, or you want a job that’s more financially or emotionally rewarding. It’s never too late to change your mind if you don’t enjoy your job. You could retrain, take on further study or simply look out for roles that grab your attention.
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If you are thinking of applying for jobs, do some work on your resume beforehand. Ensure that it’s up to date, and tailor it to each vacancy. Read the job description carefully to make sure that your application is relevant.
If you’re weighing up your next career move, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. If you don’t enjoy your job, you’re after a new challenge, or you need a change of scenery, biting the bullet and going after something you want may be the best decision you ever make.
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