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Career Stagnation and tips to overcome it!

Career stagnation is a lack of engagement in one's work, which usually affects career growth and development and can happen to anyone at any stage of their career. There are several contributing factors like Lack of motivation/challenge at work, limited scope for learning and growth opportunities, strained relationship with Managers/peers and increased workload. It can be frustrating and demotivating, but there are ways to overcome it.

  1. Assess your current situation: Take a step back and evaluate your current job and role. Are you feeling unfulfilled or unchallenged? Are there specific areas where you feel you could be contributing more? Identifying the root cause of your stagnation can help you develop a plan to move forward.

  2. Be vocal: Discuss your aspirations, and ambitions with your manager. seek guidance and chalk out a career growth plan. If you feel you are not enjoying the work, ask if you can support in any other way or tell them what you enjoy the least and be open to feedback.

  3. Look for internal opportunities: Before looking externally, explore opportunities within your organisation. Talk to your manager or HR department about potential growth opportunities. Attend internal training, workshops, and seminars to expand your skill set.

  4. Network internally: Building relationships within your company can help you stay informed about new job opportunities or projects. Attend company events, join internal groups or committees, and make yourself visible to other departments.

  5. Expand your skills: Look for ways to expand your skillset that align with your career goals. Whether it's taking a class, pursuing a certification, or developing a new skill on your own, expanding your skillset can open new growth opportunities.

  6. Be open to change: Be open to new opportunities, even if they are not exactly what you are looking for. Sometimes a change of role or department can lead to new opportunities for growth and advancement.

  7. Take the initiative: Don't wait for opportunities to come to you, create them. Identify areas where you can add value and take the initiative to volunteer for projects or tasks that align with your career goals.

  8. Consider a career change: If you have exhausted all options within your current company and still feel stuck, it may be time to consider a career change. Take the time to research different industries and roles that align with your interests and skills.

Career stagnation can be overwhelming and demotivating, but it doesn't have to be a dead end. Always remember that this is a phase, which you can overcome with a disciplined approach or guidance. Find a mentor/coach who can help you navigate through this phase. If you want to talk to someone, Message me on LinkedIn or email me at I can help you in assessing your situation and find the right opportunity or refer you to a career coach. I’m here to help 😊

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