By Morgan International Staff Writers
Career slumps come to us all. That sinking feeling when it comes to embarking on the daily commute, the sigh of boredom when switching your computer on each morning, the increasing effort to conceal irritation at the same old grind, day in, day out. However, career slumps are trying to tell us something – either about our career choices or our lifestyle and often both – and should only ever be viewed as a positive thing.
Try these four strategies to put the spring back into your work step:
Take a holiday
It can often be as simple as that. If you haven’t taken your full year’s holiday entitlement, you could be sailing dangerously close to burnout, and interpreting stress as being sick and tired of your job and everything to do with it. Even if you spend the next fortnight doing nothing more than being wrapped in a blanket watching box sets, a break from routine should always be your first strategy.
Explore other career paths
If you’re starting to feel a pull away from your current career path towards other projects, listen to your instincts. None of us should feel we’re in one job for life any longer, and many people will change career two, three, or even four times over the 40 or so years of their working lives.
Polish up your skills
The workplace is changing all the time, with new skills and specialisms required by companies all the time. If you decide to stay where you are, increasing your knowledge base won’t hurt (particularly in growth fields, such as digital marketing or logistics), and if you decide to move on, it could lead to the next stage of your working life.
Work on yourself
A career slump can often be indicative of something lacking in your life outside of the workplace. Increasing your exercise, or taking a good look at your diet can help to pull you out of a rut, as can starting a new hobby or activity.
Career slumps are inevitable, even if you love what you do and have no intention of changing path any time soon. The trick is to view them as an opportunity to revisit your work brain and give it a good spring clean, perhaps picking up some new skills in the process!