You got a job offer as soon as you graduated and accepted it, considering it as a good opportunity. No doubt the job is paying good enough and is a good place to work but not a great one. It has been 6 years now, and you are bored and unsatisfied with your career. You also climbed the career ladder by getting a promotion, but after that, you’re stuck in a career rut.
What do you do to make it right? Wait and hope that things get better again? Search for another job? Lock yourself in a room and cry? Yeah, that one may feel therapeutic but it won’t help you get out of the situation.
If you think there’s nothing you can do about it, you are terribly wrong. Only you can help yourself when you are stuck in a career rut, we can just give you a little push. So here are some ways in which you can get unstuck from the situation and show the way to higher job satisfaction.
Your skills are outdated
If you are still mentioning Microsoft Office as one of your skills in your resume, you need to update your skills. Learn some new skills after analyzing what kind of skills you require to advance in your field. To know the specific skill requirement, you can observe some of the skills that your manager or seniors have and learn them gradually. You can also observe the skills that successful people in your field possess and try to match that eventually.
You have stopped growing
You are really comfortable where you currently are and are making no efforts to improve your resume or advance your expertise. You need to start challenging yourself by taking new responsibilities and by providing meaningful solutions to company problems. You need to start interacting with your team to re-engage with your job and regain the job satisfaction that you are currently lacking.
Something is blocking you
Maybe the situation here is that your boss is stuck in a career rut and that is blocking your growth. You can wait for a while for things to change but if that doesn’t happen anytime soon, it’s time for you to start your job search. You cannot stop your career advancement just because your boss couldn't care more about her own growth. You need to make your own path in such situation and either talk to the seniors or change your job.
You aren’t networking
You have to know the right people to advance in your career. And more importantly, they have to know you. Start reaching up to higher-ups in your company, particularly those who are the decision makers and who matter when it comes to appraisals and promotions. After all, they will be the one deciding or giving their feedback when it comes to your promotion or appraisal.