Why you may have lost your enthusiasm for your job.
Have you lost your enthusiasm for your job? Is it no longer ticking the boxes? Are you berating yourself for making bad career decisions for the position you now find yourself in, stuck in a career that is no longer working for you? Using my own story as an example here is an insight into what may be happening.
7 Signs it's Time to Make a Career Change
Is it a bad patch? Will things get better? Is it just the thought of returning to work after time working from home or being furloughed? We all have times when we struggle to get motivated for work, but how do we tell if it’s more than a blip and that we need to take action?
Your first step to answering the question is to get honest with yourself. How do we really feel and how long have we been having these feelings? Let go of any guilt that may creep in because you have a job, when others around you may not, or to the outside world, it may appear as though you have it all. But burying our head in the sand is not going to resolve the situation, it is not going to help us feel any better. We need to get real with ourselves and acknowledge our feelings and how long we have been feeling like this. A temporary blip is not 6 months
Is it the Company or a Career Change you need?
Here are 5 easy tests to help you get clear on whether it’s the Company or a Career Change which will bring you a higher level of fulfilment in your work.
How to plan your career change in a recession.
In this blog, we look at how you can make your current situation more bearable while you build your career change plan.
Career Advice - Talking to your boss about your concerns returning to work
Practical career advice on how to talk to your boss regarding your concerns about returning to your place of work.
Could Furlough be the Kick Start to your Career Change?
Fed up with being furloughed? Initially, the concept of receiving 80% of your salary but not having to work can seem alluring. You start to create a list of all the things you can finally get round to doing, which then shrinks when you remove the ones that are now restricted due to self-isolation and social distancing requirement.
For some, it may be the first time in your career you have ever take time out other than your annual holidays. But as time goes on it can become very unsettling, with a promise of a review of lockdown but no end date or what restrictions may start to be lifted the anxiety of the unknown continues to challenge our emotional status. Some days we feel motivated to take action and other days all we want to do is curl up on the sofa, stay in our PJs, eat and watch TV all day.
Planning a career change in a recession are you mad?
Was 2020 going to be the year you finally escaped your miserable job, but now with forecasting of shrinkage in the global economy due to COV-19, you start to question your chances. With organisations implementing hiring freezes and more people facing redundancy, shouldn’t you just be grateful that you have a job? However, you feel more trapped than ever in a job that no longer works for you, which no longer meets your needs and you are trying to convince yourself and everyone else that you’re fine. You feel claustrophobic, the walls feel as though they are moving in, the lights are dimmed and a mild panic rises in from your gut. How will you ever find your way out?
All change! Aboard the emotional roller-coaster.
Crickey! What can I say, these last few weeks my emotions have been all over the place, crying at the amazing stories of goodwill and community spirit, when it’s time to clap for the NHS on a Thursday night or seeing an old couple walk hand in hand around the supermarket as they face together the uncertainties of when they will next be able to do what seems an ordinary task.
But then there have been moments of resilience, my fighting spirit coming forth as I am determined not to let the virus impact my business. I’ve found my creative genes as I think of new ways to stay connected with those I love and keep them entertained and opportunities to pivot my business in different directions.
It has only really been today though that I’ve started to realise that I am riding my own change curve.
Brain fog impacting your career change?
Is your head getting crowded with lots of thoughts about career options and you can’t seem to find the answers? You don’t have space or the energy to make decisions? What could I do? Would I be happier? How can I make a move without having to take a massive pay cut? Sometimes though we can get stuck in our own heads, we find ourselves going round and round in circles.
Will it make your boat go faster?
About a decade ago I was fortunate enough to be listening to the Olympic Gold rower Ben Hunt-Davis who shared the extraordinary story of the 1998 GB Men’s Rowing Eight team. After, a period of consistently failing to win medals they acknowledged the need to adopt a different approach, recognising that their methods were not giving them the results they wanted. At the heart of their new strategy was the question; ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’ This question was used as the determining factor for every action they took in the 18 months leading up to the 1998 Olympics in Sydney, it became their test. If they couldn’t answer the question with a positive response then they didn’t do it. This focus and determined approach resulted in them winning gold.
Why am I sharing this with you? Well, the same strategy can be applied to our careers. If we aren’t where we want to be in our careers, if it’s not giving us what we need then we have to make changes. If we are feeling dissatisfied in our careers but continue to do the same then we can’t expect things to change. From personal experience, I know this too well. I had fallen out of love with my job in HR; I was going through the motions. I would make slight tweaks, like changing the part of the business I supported, would get involved in projects, but nothing significant that changed the activities and skills I was using. If we continue to do the same we can expect the same results.