Stuck in a Stagnant Career?

May 17, 2012 | Jenni Proctor
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Are you one of those workers who are constantly bored at work and spend your week looking forward to the weekends? Do you lack the motivation to excel at work? Do you dream of a career change? Don’t you think it is time for you to figure out what is going on if you find yourself caught in a stagnant career? Don’t you want to be appreciated, to feel that you are contributing something important in achieving your company’s objectives? Don’t you think it’s time to climb around within the corporate ladder, upwards or sideways according to your personal needs, and reap the benefits of doing work that recognise your current crisis is the end of the line for you in your current job, it also pays to consider the alternative possibilities within your organisation. Consider the following before deciding if it is time to move on:

1. Understand your motivating factors. What are the things that motivate you to excel, both at work and in your other endeavours? Remember that while interests are significant motivating factors, it can change over time, meaning your interests at the moment may not be the same interests you had years ago. Some people are motivated by high salaries and great job perks, while others may be motivated by helping others. Motivations may also come from analysing your core values. Our personal core values play an important role in the way we conduct business. They provide us with innate guidance in the way we perform and how we relate with our colleagues and clients. Most often, a person’s skill and experiences are not the real reason behind a poor performance and a stagnant career. One’s motivational drivers will best determine his suitability for a particular job. When you understand your core values clearly you will be able to determine your priorities; you can make better work decisions, achieve long term career success, and build better relationships. Clarity Career Management is affiliated with Taylor Protocols to bring you the Core Values Index – an online assessment tool for anyone who seeks to understand themselves better, their relationships and their motivations more clearly, and for organisations who seek to have a team of top performers. This outstanding Psychometric test requires only about 10-15 minutes but the deceptively simple nature of the test gives no indication of the depth that is revealed through it. Contact Clarity Career Management to learn more about the Core Values Index.

2. Continuously challenge yourself to do better. Don’t wait for your company to work on your career development. Take on challenging tasks which can help you improve on your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.

3. Be patient. Many experts agree that the worst thing that you can do is to make it obvious to your boss and co-workers that you are unhappy and are not on top of your game. Remember not to make any hasty decisions. Work on your career development. Seek the help of a career coach. A career coach will give you guidance and help you in establishing a career plan.

Clarity Career Management can help you recognise the aspects of work that will give you long-term fulfilment and satisfaction, the work where you tap into your best and highest self and achieve the most in your working role. We offer coaching programs through the Clarity Career Management Blueprint where you will work with one of our coaches to learn practical strategies to help you get back in the game and succeed in a career you love.

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