Updated by Hays UAE, December 2016
Christine Wright, Managing Director, Hays Asia
Have you been within the same job role or company for a while, and are starting to feel less motivated at work? You may feel like you are going through the motions and find every task very repetitive. You may feel like you haven’t learnt anything new in a while and cannot see any signs of progression. You could even find yourself questioning your purpose within the organisation. If so, then you are facing a mid-career slump.
In these situations, it is important to step back and think about how you got to this point and how to overcome it. Ask yourself questions such as; what were my passions and ambitions when I began my career? Have they been fulfilled? Have they changed, if so how? Now use your answers to create a list of goals
Getting out of the slump
The way in which you pick yourself out of the slump depends on the nature of your goals. For instance if your ambitions surround career advancement-look at opportunities within your organisation that appeal to you. Set up a meeting with your manager and explain why you think you could be suited to that role, and how you can get there.
Your goals may be best achieved through various educational options, for example, you may want to make the switch from sales to marketing whilst remaining within your current company. Are there any relevant in-house apprenticeships within your organisation? Is there budget for external courses?
Perhaps your goals need to be realised through someone who has already achieved them. Is there anybody within your organisation who inspires you? What is it about them that you want to replicate? By speaking to the people who you look up to, you can gain some perspective and experienced advice. An estimated 75% of organisations use mentoring programmes for this very reason, so it may be worth finding out if your company is one of them.
Overall, in order to get out of the slump, you may need to communicate your goals to your organisation, and find out how they can facilitate them.
Getting out of the company
For whatever reason, your objectives may not be met within your current environment, be it through budget, lack of opportunity, or you simply want to move on. If this is the case, then consider the alternatives.
Talk to a recruiter or career advisor who can help you to navigate the range of roles available elsewhere, finding the best one for you and your career progression.
If your goals require education, look into cost effective and even free ways to up-skill yourself, be it via webinars, books or online training courses. Attend talks, motivational speeches and networking events- perhaps you will find a mentor here. You don’t have to rely on your existing organisation to lift your mid-career slump, the power is in your hands.
In summary, once you identify whether or not you have reached the mid-career slump, it is easier overcome it. You must firstly ask yourself some key questions in order to draw up a list of aims. The next step is finding out which strategies will achieve these, which may include a change of role or undertaking educational and mentoring programmes. Lastly, it is important to decide whether or not your current employer can help you implement these strategies and whether you want them to. If not, perhaps it’s time to look to yourself as well other companies who can.
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