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    10 Ways to Break Career Stagnation

    Do you feel like you're stuck in a rut or in a job that isn't going anywhere? Maybe you feel like your job isn't right for you. This is actually quite a common feeling and it's something that we come across daily. We've put together these top 10 ways to break career stagnation in order to help you move past this stage in your career. 

    You may also want to explore our Making a Career Change webinar if you are thinking about a change in direction and also our Career Ignition Club, which is full of useful tips, resources, inspiration and advice to help you as you move through your career.


    Analyse where you’re at with your career and how you feel about it. If you find yourself thinking, “Why am I here, doing what I’m doing when this clearly doesn’t suit me? My relationship with this job is purely a means to an end. This is not what I thought I wanted for my career” then you know it could be a good time to start making changes.

    Be Open to Questioning

    Ask yourself, “How did I actually get here? How have I arrived into this place and how did I fall into this period of stagnation? Why did I let that happen? What could I have done to stop it happening? What can I do to get out of it?”

    Give Yourself Credit

    As the International Coach Federation puts it, every individual is resourceful, creative and whole. I need to accept that this applies to me. 

    Allow Yourself to Shine

    Once I accept I’m resourceful, creative and completely whole, what can I do about exploring my strengths and picking out those things that really shine? We all have our moments; we’re all differently coloured diamonds. Some of us still need quite a lot of work to shine ourselves.

    Make an End Before Making a Start

    In order to fully move on, we need a clean break before making a new beginning. Don’t hold yourself back with thoughts about the last stage of your career but instead get ready to move on emotionally and mentally to your next challenge.

    Put Your Curiosity Switch On

    Make the effort to find somebody or something in your work that you’re intrigued by and interested in. This can encourage you to take more of an active interest in other areas of your career.

    Lift Up Your Eyes

    When you’re stagnant, you’re looking at your feet. You cannot lift your eye-line up to see what’s going on around you. Consciously decide to take more notice of what’s going on and you might spot opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise.

    Reach Out

    When you’re in a period of stagnation, it can be hard to get perspective on what’s going on. You tend to think very much within yourself. Connecting with someone such as a mentor, career coach or someone else you trust can help you to work out what’s going on and to come up with some fresh views and ideas by talking it through with that individual.

    Think About the Future

    Make a move towards understanding what the future looks like for you. The trick is working out how to bring the future into the here and now and how to plan for it.

    Look at the Next Step

    As well as looking at the long term future, consider what you want the very next step in your career to be. What do you do next to make that next step happen?

    For more help with your career take a look through our Career eBook collection and also keep an eye on our live webinars.

    About the author

    Simon North is the Founder of Position Ignition, one of the UK’s leading career consultancy companies which created the Career Ignition Club, a leading-edge online careers support and learning platform. Follow him @PosIgnition

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