Bored of your nine to five? Needing a little more challenge in your working life? You may have reached that point in your career when you need to make a change. It doesn’t have to be terribly dramatic, we’re not talking about flouncing out and joining the circus, but instead shaking up your daily routine a little to add a little freshness to your office job.
If that sounds overwhelming, rest assured it needn’t be, a little change here, a slight tweak there is all it takes to give you some new perspective on your job. In this short guide, we talk you through some next steps in your professional trajectory and how to get where you want to go.
The Boss Route
If you’ve got a decent boss or a manager who values career progression as much as you do, don’t think you need to wait until your next appraisal to knock on their door. But before you go in all guns blazing, think about precisely what it is that you need to keep you focussed and engaged in your work and that will prevent you from looking for fresh challenges in a different job altogether.
For many people, this will either be in the form of taking on more responsibility, a new project or the chance to manage someone else or by going on a secondment elsewhere in the organization to learn new skills. If either of those options appeals, take some time to make the case about why they should agree to your proposition. If your suggestions are refused then this might be just the signal you need that it’s time to focus on getting a new job.
Another option is to take your existing skills onto the next level. If you’re working as a junior in your department then maybe it’s time to upgrade your skills, for example by taking your real estate license NSW and forging ahead with your career.
Putting yourself forward for this kind of qualification can be daunting and give you a real sense of fear but it’s almost always worth heading outside of your comfort zone and taking that next step towards achieving your goals. Don’t be someone that just settles but instead work out where you want your career to take you. If you’re looking for more responsibility and a fresh challenge then seize that opportunity with both hands. If that’s denied you, then consider moving on. It’s not easy to leave a job but to go forward requires change.
Take the plunge with a new qualification or an industry-recognized exam that forces you out of the shadows and into the light of someone who means to do well and go further. Act on it today, just send that application off and you won’t look back.
Make the changes happen and you’ll be shaking off that slump in no time, all it takes is a little courage and determination to work towards what you know you are capable of becoming.