If your career isn’t going the way you’d like it to, you might be in a career rut. Here are the signs you’re in one.
We’ve all had bad days at the office. While these are completely normal, what if you’ve noticed that your bad days are turning into bad weeks? That your Sunday blues have begun to spiral out of control at the thought of Monday? Perhaps you’ve even felt a tinge of jealousy when your bestie talks about their thriving career. These are telltale signs that you could be in a career rut. But don’t despair, career ruts can happen to anyone. Just because you started your job inspired and ready to take on the world, doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself uninspired and unfulfilled a few months, or years, later. Here are three signs that you could be in one.
…so bored. This is one of the biggest signs that you may be in a rut, career coach Penny Holburn says. ‘If you’re bored, you’re unlikely to be learning, growing or improving your skills,’ she says. ‘And if you’re not doing that, then you’re not staying relevant, and your career is not moving forward.’ And if that’s the case, you need to get out of this rut before you do actual damage to your career.
You dread coming to work
It’s Sunday night and instead of enjoying the 8 pm movie, you’re dreading the week ahead. ‘The Sunday blues are real’, Penny explains. And if you’re struggling with them, then it’s often a very good indicator that you need to get out of your job.’ After all, your job should be rewarding, enjoyable and give you a sense of accomplishment. You should see it as a stepping stone to a promising career path, not something you feel anxious about doing each day.
Your health and well-being are taking a hit
Your rut might be career related, but don’t be surprised if it starts affecting other areas of your life. According to Penny, here are a few signs that may indicate you’re in a rut: You no longer have any time to exercise, you live on junk food and takeaways, you drink a lot of caffeine, you don’t prioritise ‘me time’, you are constantly tired and you are often ill. Ringing any bells?
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