Jump-Starting A Stalled Career
Given the fact that we spend most of our adult life at our jobs, it’s important to feel like you aren’t wasting your days away. In a long career, you can find times when you feel like your life has become stagnant, and you need something to change the status quo. Seeking help from a career counselor, a change of scenery, taking an online MBA program, and starting a business of your own are all great ways to break the monotony of a stalled career path.
Seek the Help of a Career Counselor
There seems to be counselors for just about every facet of life. From guidance counselors in high school helping you decide on a college path all the way to marriage counselors trying to save a couple’s relationships. Counselors are there when you don’t feel like you can do it alone. Career counselors can be great “tools” to seek advice from. Getting an outsider’s opinion can help you diagnose skills that you lack and shortcomings that are holding you back from progressing up the ladder. They can even steer you into a different direction, if the problem happens to be a mismatched career choice.
Some job markets are dependent on location. After all, you won’t be much of a fisherman in Kansas, so if you feel like your job prospects have run dry in your area, consider looking elsewhere for employment. If you’re struggling to move up in the suburbs, for example, look to the city for the job you seek. Even a horizontal change to the same position in a different city or company can really rejuvenate your passion for the work and you career in general. You do not want to feel like you’ve overstayed your welcome, so if you think complacency is the biggest problem in your career, maybe it’s time to move on.
Go Back to School
You may come to the realization that at your current education level, there is simply no place for you to go on the corporate ladder. Maybe you only have a High School diploma or an Associate’s degree; maybe you need a Masters to break through the glass ceiling. Whatever the problem is, going back to school is the best way to get rid of the problem. Nowadays, with the growing popularity of for-profit online schools, juggling your career and an online MBA program can be easier than you think. All coursework can be fit around your schedule and done online, allowing you to keep the job that pays the bills while working for the job that buys the beach house.
Go Into Business For Yourself
Perhaps the problem is you’re just plain restless in any job you seem to have. Not everyone has the personality that allows him or her to feel comfortable sitting in a cubicle all day. They prefer jobs that allow for a little variety in the day-to-day scheme of things. Or maybe your problem is you just don’t like being told what to do. If this describes you, perhaps your biggest problem is that you aren’t your own boss. If you can swing it financially, going into business for yourself can be your path to happiness. Being an entrepreneur is not for the faint of heart; business ownership is for the risk-taker and if you think you can handle it, figuring out what you want to do and raising the capital are all that stands in your way.
You’re never too old to make a sudden change in your career, but it’s important to weigh the risks and the rewards for any steps you may take.
Sean Carter is a writer who has contributed to numerous websites all over the internet. His favorite subjects to cover and business, education and technology