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Monday, December 19, 2011

Signs Your Career Battery is Dead and Needs a Jump Start

For most people, having a job that is fulfilling and has potential for advancement are two key elements that make it a good career choice. In the event that one or both of these elements is absent, it might be a sign that your career battery is dying or dead. But you can always "jump start" your career by taking appropriate measures. To determine whether or not this measure is necessary, you should first evaluate the signs that your career might be on the wrong track.

First, determine what you really want. Do you have clear career goals in mind? If you can't define exactly what you want in your career and what it is about your current job that isn't meeting your expectations, then it can be very difficult to effectively solve the problem. Identify your goals, and make concrete plans to meet those goals and expectations to accurately evaluate your current level of fulfillment.

Once you have a clear idea of what you want to get out of your career, determine whether or not you have taken adequate steps to achieve your goals. Let’s say you’ve been working with a company for five years and haven't been granted the raise or the promotion that you had hoped for. Have you actively tried to pursue advancement by performing well and substantially contributing to the success of the company? If not, try taking adequate measures to work toward your goals before declaring your career as dead.

If your company fails to recognize your efforts and contributions to the company, this is a pretty glaring red flag that your career is on the wrong track. If you have exhausted all measures of trying to gain their attention, it might be time to take alternative forms of action. More often than not, you will probably want to look for a new job to gain a truly fresh start at your career. However, you will also want to avoid getting into the same messy situation.

One way you can avoid another stagnant situation is by improving yourself as a professional. There are a number of ways you can do this, but one of the most effective ways is to continue your education. Earning a degree, or building upon your current degree, is an excellent way to prove what you are capable of. These days, you can acquire anything from an undergraduate degree to a masters degree through an online program. Programs like these allow students to balance the demands of work schedules, while sharpening professional skills in their free time.

In addition to enrolling in one of these programs, you can also gain valuable skills in areas that pertain to your job. This can involve taking classes to become proficient in a new technology, or learning a new language to increase your value for a company's communications department. The most important thing to do when your career is failing is to not be willing to accept this failure. Success doesn't just come to you; you have to actively pursue your goals through every possible opportunity to ultimately achieve your ideal career.

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