Stuck In A Career Lull? These Tips Can Help You Out


It happens to a lot of people. Especially if they are in a career for the long term but their heart isn’t truly in it. Some stick it out because they know nothing else. Others do because they’re used to it and are afraid of change. Some might be afraid of changing and making less money.

Whatever the reason, it isn’t worth being sad for. Only you can make the changes needed to escape your career lull. There are multiple ways to do this depending on how far you want to go.

Your mental health should come first. If it’s getting you down and depressed then you need to do something about it. It won’t just benefit you, but your family too. A happier you will infect the others.

Here are a few tips to help you out.

You might have considered or even tried some. Think about the ones you have not. They might also get you thinking in a new mind frame. One which can help you put a plan into action and do something about the lull. Good luck.

Learn Something New

One of the best things you can do to get out of a bad career is put your skills to work somewhere else.

Learn something new which can be applied to a new career, or at least get your foot into the door. More than that. Studying could mean starting somewhere higher up the chain instead of starting at the bottom. More appealing for someone who has built a career elsewhere.

Getting into a studying frame of mind can be difficult especially if you’ve been out of it for so long.

Consider picking up a class at George Washington University, or you could do something at a local night school. You can even study from the comfort of your own home online using your computer. Many schools and colleges allow you to do this these days. The trick is in finding the time to study which depends on the current job you have and how much time it sucks up.

This is where it gets difficult and where you need to think about how you prioritize your life.

Have An Honest Conversation With Your Boss

Booking some time in your boss’s calendar and having a real talk with them can sometimes help you get out of the lull.

Outline your boredom. Tell them how you’re not feeling challenged etc. If they’re a good boss they should be able to help you. Maybe they can give you some extra responsibilities. Tell them what your promotion hopes are and in which direction you want to move in.

They might be able to set your targets and help show you the right direction.

This should get you out of your lull by giving you something to push towards. The point being, if you don’t tell anyone how you feel how can you expect anything to change? You might not like speaking to your boss in situations like this. Some are better at doing it than others. It should be done in person, but if you’re really struggling consider a well thought out email. Don’t do it in passing.

Try to give it a bit of professionalism. 

Try The Lateral Move

Sometimes you might not want a whole change of career.

You might just want to do something different but be caught in a lull where you currently are. There are ways around this. Think about changing companies, but stay in the same career path. They might be willing to give you more money and also a bit more responsibility.

Don’t tell your current boss or workplace until you have something set in stone though.

People can sometimes be treated differently when others know they want to leave. Doing this may have to result in a move to another city. But it might just be what you need to help you grow out of the lull. You might want to consider going alone, with your own business.

It depends on what industry you’re in, but this can be possible if you’ve built up some good contacts.

You’ll need some savings to help you get started though and there might be a few months of uncertainty before you’re off the ground. Joining a smaller business already in the set up stages can also be beneficial, because you can help grow it and reap the rewards as you do so.

Your change can start with a simple job search just to see what’s out there.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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