Friday, 22 February 2019

Top Signs your Career Needs a Reboot

When you started your job, you obviously loved it. Getting ready for work was filled with excitement because you couldn’t wait to be in the office and begin your day. But, things have changed now. The job you loved once doesn’t excite you anymore or at least not as much as it used to. Your work performance might be affected and this might cause you to be passed over for a promotion. What happens then? Eventually, you have to drag yourself to work every morning. When any of these things happen to you, it means that your career is going downwards and it is time to give it a reboot.

Your career starts slumping when you become disillusioned with your job and it is a problem that’s quite common amongst professionals who are in their 30s and 40s. Research indicate that the job satisfaction for an average individual is U-shaped; you start high, go down in the mid-career stage before it picks up towards the end. The dip you see in the curve usually occurs with professional fatigue, deteriorating health due to stress and fall in motivation. So, what can be done at this stage? There are several ways to bounce back, but in order for that to happen, you have to know that your career is stuck and needs a reboot.

Here are some signs that can warn you so you can take the right steps to get back on track:

Sign 1: You feel frustrated and motivated 

When you walked into your career years ago, you were energized and thrilled. But, years of doing the same thing repeatedly took its toll and now you are forced to wonder where your passion has vanished. It has become difficult for you to focus on a task for more than a couple of minutes and end up spending time on social media or taking regular breaks for coffee. You have now burnt out and extremely stressed and have to push yourself to go to the office every day because you need a stable job.

Sign 2: You are thinking about a career change 

You have become so disillusioned with your job that you have now begun to contemplate a complete change in careers. It has become difficult for you to picture yourself working at your current job and industry in the long run and so you are eager to get out. Since you are bored and exhausted, the only thing that’s keeping you back is the risk of switching careers at this stage of your professional life.

Sign 3: You have become stagnant at your job 

Are you performing your tasks in a mechanical fashion i.e. without any passion or engagement? This is also one of the signs that your career is shifting downwards. Your performance takes a plunge, which means your services are just not valued by your boss anymore and you are passed over for a promotion. Furthermore, you cannot recall the last time that you had learned something new at your existing job.

Sign 4: You are only considering the negatives 

The occasional complaint session that you had before has now become an all-day affair. The negative things at your workplace start leaving a lasting impression on you and this means that you begin to dismiss the positives. You start whining more about your job as well as your company and indulge in useless gossips about your co-workers and your boss. Gradually, you develop an aura of pessimism and this will eventually take its toll on your co-worker’s morale as well.

Sign 5: You begin to neglect your health 

The unhappiness you feel at your workplace becomes a constant reason for stress in your life and this can lead to lifestyle diseases such as depression and high blood pressure. It also becomes the norm for those who are frustrated with their job to abuse their health and seek comfort in binge eating or drinking. You start wallowing in self-pity and exercise doesn’t remain a priority any longer.

Sign 6: You develop behavioral problems 

Another sign that you are unhappy with your career becomes obvious when you start snapping at your colleagues over small issues. It shows that your troubled mind has now started to influence your interpersonal skills as well. Not only are you frustrated at work, but this stress and exhaustion has also begun to have its negative impact on your relationships outside of the workplace.

These are all signs you need to watch out for during your career because these are indicators that it is going downwards. No one wants that to happen because it can be disastrous for your future. As soon as you spot the signs, you should think about ways you can reboot your career and ensure it stays on the right track and reaches its peak.    

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