At the beginning of 2018 it is worth your while to evaluate your career. Is your career on track? If not, why not? And what can you do about it?
Here are some indicators that your career is not going in the right direction:
1) You have stagnated. Being stagnant means more than just not getting promoted. It also means that you are no longer growing at the job. There are no new challenges. Everything is just ho-hum. You can do your work with your eyes closed. On the surface it may appear that there is nothing wrong with this picture. You are receiving a paycheck, and you do your work. But there is always the possibility that you could become irrelevant at work because you may appear to be just coasting.
2) You have stopped updating your skills. This goes hand in hand with stagnation. By not taking the initiative to update your skills whether the company supports you in this effort or not, you run the very real risk of becoming obsolete. Every field is dynamic, and if you are not keeping up with the changes, you could well be left behind.
3) You’re gritting your teeth every day when you go to work. If you are making yourself go to work every day without a plan to improve things, your career is not on the right track. There is probably a toxic environment that is making you hate going to work. While it is not recommended that you just quit your job, it is recommended that you come up with an exit plan. Although obviously there are no perfect situations when it comes to work, you can probably find a better work environment that won’t take a heavy toll on you over time.
4) You no longer receive kudos at work. This is dangerous. If you used to receive kudos for the work that you did, but that is no longer the case, you need to take a good, hard look at the reasons for this. If it is simply a matter of you getting a new boss who doesn’t like to give kudos, that is one thing. But if you have the same boss, and this person’s attitude towards you has changed, “Watch out!” Or if you have a new boss who clearly has different priorities and doesn’t seem to want you to be part of the team, again, there is trouble brewing.
5) You know that you’re in the wrong career, but you’re afraid to do anything about it. It can be scary to change careers, especially if you are mid- to late-career, and you have lots of financial commitments. But at a minimum, you should explore what it would take to change careers. Instead of staying in a field that you have no passion for, research the career that you are interested in to find out how viable it is to maintain your commitments and still follow your passion. Until you research all the aspects of making a change, you don’t know if your assumptions regarding a career change are accurate or not.
*If you realize that any of these red flags describe your situation, call 877-743-9521 to get your career back on track!