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Feeling Stuck In Your Career?

Feeling Stuck In Your Career?

Do you feel happy in your current job or are you feeling stuck in your career? This is a positive question to ask; especially when we feel that our career has reached its full maturity. It can open the door to help identify if it is time for a change. The right change can come in many forms, including promotion within existing employment or change to a new employer.

This leads to the next step in asking another set of questions, including:

  • –  Do current skills need to be updated for an opportunity to seek a promotion?
  • –  Is there an opportunity to progress with the current organisation?
  • –  Does the job interfere with personal life activities, leaving little quality time in personal life?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then reassessing our life and current skills can be essential to identifying our next option. Assessing where we are at right now and where we would like to be in five years can provide the first insights on this process. Planning for both short-term and long-term career changes can help with the process, by breaking the changes into manageable bite-sizes. 

Many people go about their lives without fulfilling their fullest potential. Some may feel that they are at a crossroads in their life. There are many support networks available to help with any transition. This can include consulting with a Career Coach. The insights gained from this option can unlock hidden potential within, which can propel us on a new course for any future career. For example, their insights may identify that a natural leader is our top ability and that the job we are currently in is not fulfilling our true potential.

Other support networks can include family and friends. People that we have regular contact with in our lives can sometimes provide fresh insights and new opportunities, if we are brave enough to ask. Their feedback to the right questions can provide insight into unique talents that have yet to be explored. For instance asking how other people see us in both our work and personal life, can provide clarity on our next step. Asking for honest evaluation of our personal strengths and weaknesses can also provide insight to deepen our self-understanding.

It is important to ask the right people, the right questions. Truly supportive relationships will reciprocate positive feedback to help with becoming motivated on our journey. We need to remember, that in life, there are many options and it is never too late to alter the direction of our career. Sometimes all it takes is a little courage to change, resilience and clarity of focus to make the first step. Be the campaigner of your own destiny!

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Leaving Your Job to Advance Your Career

Most of us will reach a point in our careers where we wonder what other opportunities may be out there, just waiting for us. But how do you know when it’s time to move on, or rather, move forward, in your career? Here are five signs it might be time for a change:

Leaving Your Job to Advance Your Career Three Q Blog

  1. Your day has become repetitive

An element of predictability is always welcome in any job, it helps you to plan and manage your time in order to work effectively. But repetition of the same tasks day in, day out, may result in low motivation and disinterest. This is a sure sign you may be ready for something more challenging.

 

  1. You are not learning

Perhaps you have taken advantage of all training and opportunities to up skill offered by your current employer, and while that was invaluable at the time, you have now reached a point where your learning has plateaued. If this is leading you to frustration, it’s time to move.

 

  1. You want to diversify

Broadening your skill set is something which should always be an option to you at work, and should be actively encouraged by employers. This maintains your interest and reassures you that internal promotions and career progression are a possibility for you. If you feel your skillset is not being added to in your current place of work, you may be right in thinking it’s time to look elsewhere.

 

  1. Are you adding value?

If you are unsure about the answer to this question, then the answer is no. You should be aware of how the work you do is benefiting the organisation, and how the organisation is rewarding you in return. If this is not happening, it could be that your own interest and motivation is lacking, and you need a fresh challenge.

 

  1. Your job doesn’t fit with your long-term plan

How do the growth opportunities within your current role fit in with where you would like to be long-term? What are your objectives? If your current job does not help you on your long-term career path, or does not provide a stepping stone to where you would like to be years from now, this may be a good time to see what opportunities out there will offer these benefits.

Changing job to another for better career advancement opportunities is a tough decision. Firstly, you should communicate your ambitions to your manager to see if adjustments can be made to satisfy you. We have blogs to help you:

For advice in asking for a pay rise, you can read our blog here.

If you want to show you manager that you are ready for a promotion, you can read our blog here.

Moving up the career ladder and working in places with opportunities for career progression is important to a lot of people in the professions we hire for. Whether its in the hospitality sector or in healthcare, Three Q can help you too join a team that supports career progression and with these tips you have a blueprint to rise up the ranks!

 

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