How to Get Out of that Rut and Progress in your Career

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The worst thing to happen as you work in your chosen field is to end up stuck in a rut. You find yourself doing the same thing day in, day out, and you end up bored to tears with your role. You can do better than this, so don’t put up with an unsatisfactory job. Here’s how to get out of that rut and get back to doing what you love.

Be positive

If you’re not feeling fulfilled at work, it’s easy to start feeling pessimistic. If you’re dreading Monday, or feel as though you’re wasted in your current role, try changing your thinking to start making the bigger changes down the road. Being positive and starting developing your career will make it easier for you to grab a new opportunity when it comes along.

Do the research

You may feel stuck because you feel as though there’s nothing else you can do in your role. In fact, there may be much more you could offer. The answer to this feeling is to research into what’s needed in your charity, and how you can offer it.

To do this, start looking around at what’s available in your own organisation. Is there a role you can work towards, that feels more meaningful to you? Maybe a sideways move could be better for you, if the role is more interesting. If not, it’s time to start investigating where you can take your skills in other organisations. Think about whether you want to stay in a similar charity to the one you’re currently working in. If so, start looking for other charities and see what they do differently. If you don’t want to stay, consider what causes you feel to be the most important, and start looking to transfer your skills to their work.

Think outside the box

Many careers have dedicated progression lines, where you can see where you need to go next to reach an end goal. The charity sector though isn’t like that. You can forge your own path, and get ahead by finding new ways to further your cause. The reason a lot of charity sector workers get stuck is because they can’t see where to go next. Think about what you want from your job, and if the route isn’t there, create it for yourself.


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Ask for the help of others

No man is an island. If you want to break out of that rut, you’re going to need the help of others. Ask a friend to read over your CV, or a colleague to help you work out what you’re best at. If you don’t want to ask the people around you, you can find help online.

It’s also a good idea to engage the help of a professional career advisor, if you can. They can help you dig down into why exactly you feel stuck in a rut. They can then help you decide whether you need to move from your current role, or move away. If you don’t want to do that, it’s still worth asking for advice from friends in the industry. They can help you see where your skills can be put to the best use.

Work out what makes you special

What is it about you that makes you worth? After all, there’s a reason you managed to snag your current role. Really sit and brainstorm what it is that makes you such an asset in your charity. Once you know what your Unique Selling Point is, you know you can start selling your services to the causes you feel strongly about.

Develop your writing skills

You’d be amazed at how important writing communication skills are in any job. Most of your communication at work happens through the written word, so you need to ensure that your skills are up to the task.

You don’t have to stay stuck in that rut. Put these tips to good use, and you’ll have a fantastic role that you love, and a cause you can get behind, in no time at all.

Brenda Berg

Brenda Berg is a professional with over 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs. She is self-motivated results driven individual who is encouraged to travel and share gained experience in career, business and self-development.

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