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5 Ways to Re-Energise Your Career

May 30, 2022


Happy People


You don’t have to find a new job to infuse new life into your work. 

I have helped hundreds of people regenerate interest and enthusiasm for their careers.

You can energize your existing career. You can start to enjoy going to work again. You can find new challenges and motivation to change your perspective on your work and career.

I’ll show you how to find new and exciting ways to look at your job and you can enjoy the challenges it presents.

People who are happy and motivated achieve greater financial reward as well.

 

Here are 5 things to consider to re-energise yourself and your career.

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1.One job for life? Not anymore. You need to Plan.


Don't get stuck in the same job for too long.

If you have, think about what you really want and make a plan to move on. Your parents, or certainly your grandparents, may have started a job at 16 and retired from that same job at 66. Not anymore.

Most employment contracts can be terminated with a month’s notice. And even “skill-specific” jobs evolve over time. That’s not a problem, it’s a fact.

So, you must take charge of your career and make a plan. Never become passive about your career. This is a trap that so many people fall into. They stay in the same job for too long and get stuck there.

Keep your eyes open and see what’s happening around you.

Anticipate where things are going and position yourself to be there when the opportunity presents itself.


Ask Yourself:

  • Are you where you want to be in your career?
  • Do you have a passive mind-set toward managing your career?
  • Are you waiting for your employer to decide what happens with your career?


Advice:

  • Proactively think about what action or next steps you need to take to get your career back on track.
  • Decide what YOU want and what YOUR career plan is
  • Develop an action plan to make sure you get there.


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2. Dinosaurs don’t last.

There’s no way around it—things in our modern world change quicker than ever. 

Technology is changing everything and new jobs that never existed before are now being created. 

Who knew about Google 20 years ago? Today, the most demanded job in the world is a Data Analyst/Scientist – this job role didn’t even exist 10 years ago.

Keep your eyes open and spot trends and areas of demand to ensure your career is evolving with the demands of the marketplace.

Ask yourself: 

  • Is there a rapid growth or change in your industry or specialism? 
  • If yes, are you keeping up to date with the changes? Are new roles being created?
  • Could technology replace part of your job?
  • What can you do to update your skills so that you will continue to be in demand as your role or department evolves?
  • Is there further training you can do to make you more commercial or marketable? 

Advice: 

Stay up to date with the latest skills or knowledge in your industry so you can make yourself indispensable to your current employer and other employers.

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3.Flip Your Perspective


Look at your job and career from the company’s point of view. 

When they look at you—what do they see? Are you a problem solver? Do you show initiative and creativity? Do you make the team better?

We’re all used to looking at things from our own perspective.

What’s in it for me? How can I get ahead?

Companies will always support someone who shows that they are not just takers. Don’t just focus on how good you are—focus on what you’re doing that is helping the company grow and improve the bottom line.

Ask Yourself:

Can you justify your own salary? Can you justify why you should be promoted?

Advice:

Make sure you are providing unquestionable value added. Do that on a consistent basis and your career security and advancement are guaranteed.


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4.Standing still is going backward


When it comes to your job/career, there’s no such thing as status quo.

If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.

Consider the famous quote by Heraclitus:


No man ever steps in the same river twice,
for it's not the same river and he's not the same man
.”

People are often asked, during their interview, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

However, that question is rarely asked after you join a company.

So, it’s up to you to have a 5-year plan and to be clear on where you want to go.

That way, you can measure your actions, decisions and work style against that plan.

If what you are doing moves you toward that 5-year goal, then that’s an activity worth pursuing. If it doesn’t help you move toward your end goal, then it’s probably a dead end or at least a detour.

Ask yourself:

Do you have a 5-year plan? It’s easy to get comfortable and complacent and to forget where you really want to go.


Advice: 

Have a clearly defined destination. Do the work needed to clarify your goals and objectives. That will give you something to judge your progress against. Remember: standing still IS going backward.


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5.Want to make a change?


In real estate it’s, “location, location, location.” In the job market, it’s all about timing. 

If you have decided to move to another location, change careers, or look to advance by changing employers—it’s a lot easier, when the economy is doing well.

I know this looks obvious and simple but unfortunately executing this type of career strategy is difficult.

When the economy is doing well, there are lots of jobs and few people chasing them.

When the economy is doing poorly, there are few jobs and loads of people after them. Consider carefully whether the time is right to make your move.


Ask yourself:

Are you looking to make a change?

If yes, is the marketplace stable?


Advice:

If you feel it’s time for a career change or change of industry, consider the condition of the economy. Choose the right timing and you will greatly improve your chances for success.


Conclusion

You can turn your career into an enjoyable, challenging endeavour. Though the financial rewards often follow, the peace of mind and satisfaction you feel are invaluable. Take control of your career today and transform it into a dynamic, inspiring and rewarding experience.


Do you need help with your career? 


If you're looking to improve your career, maybe I can help. I’m Terry O’Brien and I work with individuals to help them achieve their potential and flourish in their career. If you'd like to achieve greater success and happiness in at work, contact me at info@terryobriencareers.com or book a complimentary call.

About the author

Terry O'Brien

Terry is a qualified HR professional, career and leadership coach and speaker on careers. He specialises in career development, leadership performance and career wellbeing. He is creator of the CareerWell Framework, and works with HR leaders to create a culture of high performance, success and wellbeing.

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