Q: I’m stuck in a career rut. I’ve been in the same job for the past seven years and can do it with my eyes closed. I’d like to find a new job but as I’ve been here for so long I feel comfortable. I know I should move but can’t seem to find the motivation to do anything about it.
A: Do you need a new challenge, or a complete career change?
If you like your employer, look out for opportunities within, such as new projects or developments you can get involved in – this can both refresh your career and help you develop new skills that may lead to a new job role or even promotion.
If you’re nervous about making a career change, try voluntary work first – as well as giving your time for something worthwhile, you can try a new environment, develop new skills and possibly qualifications.
It may also lead to a new network of contacts and open your eyes to opportunities for paid work you hadn’t considered before.
Consider giving yourself an action plan – write a list of what you need to do to make that change, and set yourself realistic dates to have achieved them by.
If you need to improve your qualifications, find out when and where you can do them – there are flexible ways of studying including part time, online and distance learning.
Moving out of your comfort zone can be quite scary – it might help to motivate you by thinking about how you’ll feel if you’re in the same job this time next year.
Careers coach, Learndirect