7 Top tips to a more satisfying career
We are all just a little bit envious when we meet someone who adores their job - who is excited on a Monday morning - positively champing at the bit to crack on with the working week. And who wouldn't be - let's face it, most of us sink into a mini depression from around 4pm on a Sunday at the prospect of schlepping into the office the next day.
Not everyone has the luxury of making a living from their passion, nor are most of us in a position to make a radical career change either. The solution to this particular conundrum is to try and reignite your passion for your current job - think of it like a long-term relationship - you might have periods where you aren't quite as in love as you should be, but that doesn't mean that you will throw in the towel. We've pulled together some top tips to help you find ways to make your current career more fulfilling.
1. Remember the good times.
Unless you 'fell' into your career years ago, you will have had an ambition to follow a path into your chosen line of work. Even if it wasn't a conscious choice at first, something must have sparked your enthusiasm to keep you on the same road. Think back to the early years and what exactly attracted you into your field. Make a list of all the positives and then make time to reconnect with what made you excited about your career in the first place.
2. Got a problem? Tell someone.
A problem shared is a problem halved according to the age-old saying and this remains true today. If you feel really unhappy then tell someone - especially if you aren't enjoying work because you are not in a comfortable environment. Finding a mentor is a great way to get a different perspective on things. Whether it is someone from within your organisation or outside it, having an experienced, unbiased sounding board will allow you to discuss any problems and work to get to their root causes before you quit in exasperation.
3. Make some friends
Sounds obvious, but having a few work mates makes all the difference to even the most mundane job. Knowing that you will see some friendly faces on a day-to-day basis can take the sting out of the tail of any job. Naturally, you should choose wisely, but some banter is an essential part of the working day in our opinion! Make sure you take part in some social activities - whether it is a birthday celebration or organising a team lunch - just getting more involved in the fun side of the place where you spend most of your waking hours will make all the difference.
4. Set yourself some goals
Perhaps you don't feel challenged and that's what is leading you to feel dissatisfied. By setting yourself some achievable goals to work towards, you will automatically increase your motivation and focus. It will stop you becoming bored and will give you a personal sense of satisfaction. Some goals to consider; develop into a more senior position, interview 5 candidates a week or work with a new agency that has launched.
5. Study something new
It might be that you really have come to the end of the line in your chosen career and feel it's time to move in a new direction. However, radical career changes, or even a slight side shift means attaining new skills. Find out what you need to learn and then set about educating yourself. These days there are a lot of courses available quite cheaply online. However, if you just want to do something new in a more structured environment, why not check out IDM? They offer great accredited Digital Marketing courses - like the one-day digital marketing essentials or perhaps you fancy a marketing boot camp course at CIM to gain in depth marketing communications knowledge.
6. Ask for what you want
You know that if you don't ask you won't get. If you feel you deserve a promotion - ask for one. If you feel you need more of a challenge to make you fall back in love with your career - ask for it. Not everyone is blessed with psychic powers and we are sure your boss isn't among the chosen few either. Have a look inside your organisation to find opportunities to expand your current role, consider what you have to offer and then go and talk to your line-manager or HR and see what's available.
7. Help others
At the risk of sounding like the Girl Guides, helping others can be very satisfying and stimulating. Perhaps there's a junior colleague who needs taking under your wing and nurturing or perhaps you can offer your services externally as a mentor. Either way, helping others is as challenging as it is rewarding - and, at the risk of sounding mercenary, it looks great on your CV.
Just remember, while you may not love your job all the time, at least you have one. The grass is not always greener. You don't want to leave your current role in haste so make the most of what you have without settling for second best. If you really want to move on, take your time, consult a decent recruiter and educate yourself, but also take a long hard look at why you are dissatisfied in the first place - the issue might very well be resolvable.
If a move is the way forward for you then get in touch with a consultant at Direct Recruitment to discuss current opportunities that may be of interest!