How to Break Out of a Career Rut in 2024

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We all start every year full of good intentions. Often these are to improve our health and fitness. But when it comes to improving our lives one area is often neglected, your worklife. We spend so much of our lives at work. Shockingly, the average person spends 90,000 hours at work in their life. That’s a lot of time! So, when such a big portion of your time is spent working, it makes sense to do something you enjoy. 

The impact of work stress can have a huge impact on your daily life. As can spending every day in a job that makes you feel unhappy and trapped. So, making 2024 the year that you move your career forward can be a hugely positive change. When you take action to break out of a career rut it can feel like a weight has lifted. Freeing yourself from being trapped in a job can be such a liberating experience and really improve your mood and wellbeing. But first, you need to know how to do it. Here are some tips to help you break out of a career rut this year and reach your potential at work:

Consider Your Priorities

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The last thing you want to do is to make a knee jerk reaction and change your career for the sake of it. Instead, it is much better to pause and give yourself time to think. You’ll need to think about what it is you really want from a new job. What are your main career priorities? If you like, you may even find it helpful to make a visual record of this in the form of a goal map or vision board. Doing this helps you to really visualize what you want to achieve and gives you something to focus on clearly.

Review Your Skillset

Now that you know what you want from a new role, you can start taking actionable steps. Reviewing your skillset is a helpful place to start. Thinking about your existing skills and how you can implement them to move forward with your career is an excellent place to start. If you’re missing skills that you think you need, then now is a great opportunity to address this. You can then take some time to find relevant courses or qualifications that you need to pursue your ambition. Setting aside some time to research jobs is so important. When you’re keen to make a positive change in your career, you want to be as informed as possible. 

Keep Up the Momentum

Once you’ve decided to make your career your focus this year, it’s essential to keep the momentum. Even if this means making small changes every day. Taking steps forward, no matter how small, is crucial to help you break free from your career rut. Keep reminding yourself you are committed to your goal and continue to move forward toward it. Before you know it, you should find your work life starts changing for the better.

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