When you first started your career you were probably raring to go. Filled with ideas and anticipation. For many of us, that drive and satisfaction stay with us throughout our career, but it’s not uncommon for our enthusiasm and drive to run out of gas. You may feel like you’ve got nowhere to go, or your moral or motivation might be suffering. Maybe you no longer feel challenged or appreciated. Fortunately, there are things you can do that don’t necessarily require quitting.
The first thing you should do is sit down and make two lists. One should be a list of all your career and job accomplishments. The other should be a list of all the reasons you feel like your career is in a holding pattern. Once you’ve got the lists done, review them carefully and schedule a meeting with your boss. Explain your concerns and how you think they can be resolved. Perhaps you can take on additional projects or make a transfer to a department that may suit you better. Be polite and earnest. Bosses like employees who are eager to take on new challenges and who have imitative.
If this doesn’t help or for some reason isn’t an option, think about taking on volunteer work in the area you feel you need a challenge in or feel passionate about. This can really help ignite your motivation, raise your self-esteem and get your creative juices flowing again.
If you feel you’re being held back because of your education or lack thereof, do something about it! Go back to school and get the degree you need. For example, an MBA can really take you places. Start at onlinemba.mason.wm.edu/ for a program that can be done around your schedule and at your convenience. If your company has tuition assistance or reimbursement, take full advantage of it!
Finally, if all else has failed, it may be time to work on your resume. Make sure it highlights your accomplishments and all goals you met, and start polishing your networking skills. It’s not a good idea to quit a job without having secured another one first, but if you have a promising freelance business blossoming, a supportive partner who can cover all the finances, or a healthy savings built up, it might be worth the risk if you are truly miserable and your health is being affected. Do what you need to do to take care of you!