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So you're back at work after the Christmas holidays and
feeling a sense of dread at the prospect of another year of the same
old, same old?
You have two choices: resign yourself to staying in a role you've
outgrown or shake things up. If you want to get your career moving,
here's what to do.
Clarify your goals
"I want to get a new job this year" is a start, but you're
going to have to go into a lot more depth than that. Work out what's
important to you – lots of money, expressing your creativity or
helping others? What career paths are
likely to make you happy? And how are you going to go about getting
the position you want?
Survey your own backyard before looking to greener pastures
Especially if you work for a large organisation, you may be able to
transition into another job without having to leave your current
employer. Talk to your manager to see if it's possible to transfer to
another department or adjust your current role so you are getting to
learn new things and undertake more of the tasks you find enjoyable.
But don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone
One of the main reasons people end up in career ruts is because their
work situation is comfortable. Sure, the job may no longer provide any
challenge or inspiration, but it's secure, the people are friendly and
there's even long-service leave! Unfortunately, there's no way to get
an exciting new position without saying goodbye to the fringe benefits
of your existing one.
Make yourself attractive to prospective employers
If you're looking to move into a new field, think about how you can
acquire the skill set that will get employers and/or clients
interested in you. You may wish to enrol in a TAFE
NSW course, volunteer to do unpaid work experience or look into
starting your own business.
Keep a sense of perspective
It's easy to get obsessive about job hunting and talk yourself into
believing your entire life is determined by your work situation. Don't
get so focused on your career shift that you forget to make time for
friends, family and other non-work interests.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to implement a strategy
to get out of that rut.