You know you’re stuck in a career rut when you’re not excited about going in to work in the morning, when you feel you have nothing to contribute to an otherwise interesting project, or when you see yourself being passed up for promotions. Once you identify yourself as being in a situation like this, there are certain measures you can take to fix it. Brinda Dasgupta gets tips from experts on how to do so.
You may find yourself in a career rut at any time, irrespective of the job or the career stage you are in. “At such times, a little introspection can go a long way. Sparing some time to think about what is bothering you will help you identify the reason you are in a career rut, and you can take steps accordingly,” says Shalini Natraj, senior director of human resources at Target India.
Even small, baby steps in recognising low engagement levels and changing things for yourself will help. “Sign up for new initiatives beyond the current realm of your role that help you look at different things and different perspectives. Speak to your manager or mentor to see if there are opportunities that you are not able to see for yourself,” says Preeti Chandrashekhar, India business leader-benefits, Mercer.
Don’t be rigid if you want to get out of a career rut. “An ability to be flexible and an ability to think forward will stand you in good stead,” says Babu Vittal, head of HR, Shop-Clues. Avoid falling into the trap of blaming the company and instead figure out effective ways to change the situation, says Natraj.
Brushing off the cobwebs on your resume will be a great way to haul yourself out of a career rut. “It is important to stay engaged at work. Find new ways and projects to occupy you. A change in workplace may also be helpful,” says Vittal. 1 Introspect You may find yourself in a career rut at any time, irrespective of the job or the career stage you are in. “At such times, a little introspection can go a long way. Sparing some time to think about what is ..
Technology and skills become obsolete or redundant very quickly. “One should constantly look at opportunities to upskill oneself whether in technology, domain or leadership skills in order to be relevant. Depending on the profession, one can look out for any macroeconomic changes, such as in regulations or technology, and be prepared when they happen,” says Chandrashekhar.