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The more years you spend toiling away for a company, no matter how usefully, the more you start thinking about the next step. What is the next step and can I take it here? Are there opportunities for me to progress? These thoughts may even give rise to reflection. Have my career goals changed since I started working? In some cases, this may be a case of short-term work blues, but if you feel like your stagnating in a job that no longer challenges you, there are a number of ways to give your work life a boost and improve your career.

  • Seek out new opportunities and responsibilities

In mainstream work culture, people can often be inhibited by groundless social politeness, for instance, not wanting to be proactive in asking for opportunities or mentioning any thoughts of promotion to the employer. In the past, the general perception was if you work hard enough you will be noticed and suitably compensated. In the ever-growing, work-intensive office communities of the modern day, these perceptions don’t hold as much water as they once did. In a sea of people, it’s harder for higher management to notice your successes if you don’t point them out, and it’s hard to infer your motivation to excel from performance figures alone. Ask a senior manager about progression and see what new skills you can gain from sitting with other members in your team.

  • Set yourself new targets and commit to hitting them

Stagnation at work generally affects those skilled employees who know their job inside out. If you’re finding your workload easy and quickly getting bored by your day-to-day, set new targets that push you to the next level. Aspire to help one (or more) colleague per day; if you have completed set work for the day, start or prepare for tomorrow’s; use your spare time to research something new or put your mind to a common office problem.

  • Train, reskill and develop

Does your workplace have a professional development initiative? Do they sponsor employees who are studying in a related field? Have you become interested in a particular field that is not related to your work? Whatever your situation, working towards a new qualification not only improves your efficiency at work (in terms of an increased knowledge base) but may also bring about the lifestyle change needed to interrupt any demotivation you may be feeling. There may even be a qualification available that makes you eligible to apply for work in another department with different responsibilities.

Online courses are a perfect way to train or reskill while maintaining your work/life balance. The flexible learning style ensures you can study in a way that works around your commitments, and you can work towards degree level qualifications in an interactive learning environment. If Management and Leadership or Management and Professional Accounting sound like courses you might be interested in, fill in our online enquiry form to receive more details.

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