Three steps to climb out of a career rut and into your dream job
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By Erika Murigi
It’s Sunday evening. You feel sick to the stomach when the thought of returning to work on Monday morning
crosses your mind. You think of your career and the words tedious, boring and endless beat your brain. You
can’t remember the point at which your dream job became such a downer. Sound familiar? Chances are,
you’re stuck in a rut.
A career rut can be easy to slide into but a bit more troublesome to climb out of. Don’t despair, however. If
you’re reading this and recognize that you’ve slid into a serious case of work blues, there’s a few things you
can do to get out of the rut and back in the game.
Identify what went wrong
Before you make any drastic changes, figure out exactly what it is about your career path that you’ve come to
despise. Is it the commute to your job? Your role lacks responsibility and isn’t challenging enough? You don’t
get on well with your coworkers? These types of problems are not necessarily down to your career choice and
can be resolved by having an honest conversation with your boss, finding a job closer to home or settling any
conflicts with colleagues. If your reflections point more to a dislike about the type of work you’re doing, then
it’s time to take a different direction.
Research your move
Perhaps you chose a career as a graphic designer but would rather work with numbers. It’s great that you’ve
identified the reason for your rut, now it’s time to research how you can make that career move. If you’re
thinking about a complete career overhaul, retraining may be the way forward. If this is the case, research
your desired career, identify what training is required and find a reputable provider.
All this research should have you ready to get started. Whatever your course of action, it may take weeks or
months to carry out. To maintain momentum, keep things around you - a picture or motivational note - to
remind you why you made the move. If you’re retraining, your instructors and other like-minded students will
help you stay on course. Even if you have to stay in your current job while transitioning to a new career, the
process of action will help you climb out of the rut and onto the path of your dream career.
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