5 Practical Steps to Give Your Career a Fresh Start


How are you feeling about your current job? Are you still feeling energized, or are you bored? If you’re not feeling excited about your work, maybe it’s time for a fresh start. The days of working for the same company for your whole career are over, and multiple jobs across your working life is the new normal. 

Here are some practical steps you can take right now to recharge your career.

1. Analyze Where You’re At

What is it about your current situation that’s not meeting your needs? Is it this company? This position? Maybe you don’t get along with your manager, or you’re not feeling challenged anymore. Or perhaps it’s time to think about switching sectors or perhaps even starting your own business. Think about your long-term goals and whether your job is aligned with where you want to be.

2. Do Some Strategizing

It’s important to know not just where you want to go but how you can best get there. Set aside some time to analyze your strengths and talents. What skills do you have? What skills do you need for your dream job? What energizes you? What drains you of energy? What kind of work do you really want to do? Once you have a long-term life goal, you can make a plan.

3. Do a Skills Audit

Work out what you need to get where you want to go. What resources or skills do you lack? Reach out to your colleagues or your manager for some honest feedback on how they see you. If you don’t already have one, connect with a mentor or life coach.

4. Do Some Career Research

Whether you want to get ahead in your chosen sector or want to switch careers, it pays to do your research. Use your network, ask for referrals, and arrange real or virtual coffee meetings to find out about your potential career path. Most people will be happy to share their experience, especially if it’s in a networking or informational context, and you’re not asking for a job! Be respectful, and they’ll likely be flattered to be asked.

5. Stay Upbeat

It’s no fun being in a job that’s no longer fulfilling. But it’s important to stay positive, keep your energy high and be open to new opportunities. See if there are ways you can take on new challenges in your current position, volunteer for projects, and look for ways to stay engaged.

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