If you dread your morning alarm every day, are no longer sure where your career is taking you and generally feel unfulfilled in your working life, it’s likely you’re going through a career slump.
Career slumps are surprisingly common. In fact, recent research suggests that 80.6% of UK workers have experienced a slump in their working lives.
If you find your job stagnating and need a helping hand, here are three ways to survive a career slump, guaranteed to help you find your career purpose again.
1. Switch up your role
It’s more than likely that you’re in a career slump because you’re bored.
It turns out that 11.2% of people believe that repetitive tasks are the main reason they’re in a funk day in, day out at work – especially when monotonous tasks can lead to boredom, lack of motivation and lack of enthusiasm. Research also suggests that they can affect your memory and concentration in later life too.
If you’re not enjoying the repetitive tasks anymore, and you’ve experienced an increase in your workload, it’s time to speak up and let your boss know that you’re not happy with it.
You may find that there’s an easy solution, such as sharing the dull tasks amongst your colleagues. This will then leave you open to new, more exciting responsibilities – and fully-functioning cognitive abilities, of course.
If you’re stuck in a rut at work, it could be because there’s a lack of training and development – at least, that’s the case for 17.3% of UK workers.
A lack of relevant skills or experience is likely to fuel negative feelings while you’re at work. After all we aren’t supposed to remain static in our careers but instead, learn and improve for the sake of the organisation’s growth and our own.
So, how can you overcome this?
The easiest way is by learning something new, and you may choose to do this through your current organisation. 20% of UK professionals believe that getting the help of a mentor is a great way to learn something new. Not only will you receive tailored advice and support for your learning needs, but the personal touch is sure to elevate your mood and reduce your boredom too.
Alternatively, you may choose to enhance your skill-set through online learning courses – which is what 28.2% of professionals are choosing to do.
If you think this is the right option for you, make sure you’re aware of what you want to get out of a course. For example, you may prefer to top up your skills with the knowledge that’s going to help you achieve more in your current workplace, or you may prefer to learn about something completely new and unrelated.
In short, choose a means of learning that’s going to kick your brain into gear and fulfil you.
3. Onwards and upwards
If you’ve switched up your role, received some extra training and you’re still not happy, your career slump may be the result of a lack of career progression. In fact, this is the case for 32.5% of professionals.
If you’re unsatisfied with the opportunities laid out in front of you (or the lack of!), speak up and let your boss know that you’re feeling unfulfilled and try to explain the direction you’d like to take your career in.
Fingers crossed this solves the issue, but there may be a chance you’ve hit a dead end in your current role. If this is the case, it may be time to find more affluent pastures. This is a common move with UK workers as around 41% do in fact leave their current roles if they are unfulfilled.
Remember, if they won’t let you grow, you’ve got to go.
But there’s positive news if you are looking to move on. The average salary in the charity sector is currently £26,913 – that’s up by a huge 3.1% compared to June 2016. In addition, vacancies in the sector are up 27% on last year, proving that there’s no time like the present to climb your way out of that career slump and find somewhere new.