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How to Get Unstuck in Your Current Job & Get Ahead
Feeling “stuck” at work is a common problem. Most people believe the best way to get unstuck is to change jobs.
However, making the jump to another job may not be the only choice. In fact, changing jobs might mean you miss out on a gold mine of opportunities for professional development at your current workplace.
You have the ability to deploy your professional passions in your job today - to create meaningful work opportunities that develop your skills and prepare you for what’s next. You just have to know how to tap into those opportunities.
Here are three tips for - happily - staying at your current job by creating your own opportunities for growth and development, and for moving forward at your current job:
1. (re)Locate Your “Flow.” Flow is a state of mind where you’re energized by and completely absorbed in what you’re doing. You experience flow when you’re doing work that fuels your vision, or what you want for your life and work. Sometimes simply pausing to recalibrate your vision can bring more flow into your work life. The trick is to keep your vision simple to start, and focus your energy tightly around it.
2. Look for Opportunities to Provide a Valuable Service. If you’re not getting enough career development, then see what’s working well and determine what you could do to help your manager or team improve performance. Look for the nexus, or sweet spot, between what you want to add to your resume and what your team needs.
3. Focus on the Future. Always scan the horizon at your organization for what might be needed next, keeping in mind where you want to steer your own ship. Create your own opportunities for growth and development instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you.
– Lisa Prior
About the Author: Lisa Prior is the author of Take Charge of Your View: Career Advice You Won’t Get from Your Boss. A 20-year veteran leadership coach and change consultant, she’s the founder of Newtonville, MA-based Prior Consulting. Prior is also on the steering committee of the executive development roundtable at Boston University.
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