Do you feel like you’re spinning your wheels in your current career track? Are you making no positive progress in your life and profession? Perhaps you’re hitting ‘snooze’ numerous times to avoid rising from your slumber and going to work.

If sleep is preferable to work and your career is characterized more by inertia then forward movement then you may well be in a ‘career rut.’ If this sounds like you and you’re keen to find a way out, now is as good a time as any to get your life moving in the right direction.

Simply follow these 4 simple steps for career guidance and get yourself unstuck and onto a new and exciting career path. These steps are designed to help you better understand how to make positive changes in your life. There’s no time like the present. Your new career can start right now

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1.Take some time for yourself to reflect

If you’re in stuck in a rut and bogged down in your current job, you may need to take some time out to gain clarity and perspective. Particularly if you’re in a negative or toxic environment, you’ll need some space to gain perspective. What can tend to happen if we’re particularly unhappy in a role is that we can choose an “escape route” rather that the right job. If you’re working 24/7, under fluorescent lighting in a soulless job, you may dream of a sea change and a chilled out job in Byron Bay. However, if you make a move that is more of a dive from what you hate, rather than a leap towards what you want you may find yourself in another role that doesn’t satisfy you long-term. As lovely as it would be to run a yoga studio up the coast, you may find the novelty wears off pretty quickly. If you’re in a position where you can do it, take some time off. Use this time to reflect on who you are and what you want. Really weigh up what matters to you in the grand scheme of life. This will help you determine where you’d like to go next from a professional standpoint.

2. Develop a plan of action

Your next major step is to create a plan of action to follow. A good start is resume writing as through the process you’ll be forced to focus on your past experiences, good and bad, along with your achievements. Next, you’ll want to find out all the information you need based on the new career you’d like to follow. Reach out to contacts via LinkedIn to source more information on possible career options.

Your job in this stage is to give yourself a framework of action. Write a detailed action plan, with clear accountable steps. That way, you’ll know what to do and how to stay on-track toward a better career for yourself.

3. Don’t be afraid to seek career guidance and help

It takes a high degree of confidence to jump out of your comfort zone into something new. This may very well be the most difficult part of any significant career shift. You have to develop your own confidence level enough to pursue you dreams more directly. In some cases, that may require a bit more help from an outside source.

Situations like these may call for the help of a career or life coach. Coaching can give you the inspiration and confidence you need to take that leap of faith into something new and exciting. A professional can link you with the resources you need to simplify the process. It’s also important that you confide in people you trust. As with any big life change you’ll want to be surrounded by people that will inspire you to action and support you to go after your dreams.

4. Pull the Trigger and you'll get out of a career rut!

Every great journey starts with one step. Commit to your new choice and believe in your capability to make it happen. The world needs the great gifts you have to offer and you’re doing everyone a favor when you’re in the right role. It would be a crime for brilliant you to be wasted working in a job that doesn’t stretch you and showcase your talents.  Know that your job search may come with some challenges but nothing that you won’t be able to handle. It is the brave that reap the rewards in life and as the saying goings, “life starts at the end of your comfort zone”.

No matter where your career move takes you, getting out of a rut is always a positive step in life. Here’s to your new exciting career. Who knows where you may be in a year’s time (or even less)!


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