Identify the root cause
While it may be hard to pinpoint why you’re feeling this way, there are numerous reasons why you may feel stuck in your career. One of the most common reasons is because people no longer feel challenged. This could be because you are no longer able to reach new professional milestones, your current role has no room for growth, or you simply aren’t learning new skills. Whatever the case may be, not having a driving force which makes you want to do more is typically what creates that stagnant feeling.
It can be very challenging to want to continue a career where nothing changes, and you feel you have lost the purpose behind your work. There needs to be an obstacle to overcome, meaning to why you do what you do, or that next goal to propel you forward. Without challenges and purpose in your job, you will likely be wondering what’s the point. Thankfully, once you have identified why you feel stuck, you can take the appropriate steps to move forward and identify what that plan looks like.
Weigh pros and cons
Now that you’ve figured out why you’re in a professional rut, it’s time to determine what is keeping you there and ultimately what steps you need to take to get out of it. This also can mean you may have to take a long hard look at your job if the obstacles you have determined can’t really be fixed in your current career.
However, before you immediately decide to quit your job, list what you feel are obstacles making you feel stuck. For example, if you no longer feel challenged, what is preventing you from taking on new projects that would reinvigorate you? If you feel as if you aren’t growing, can you invest in yourself or work with others in your organization to learn new skills? If you feel your career isn’t progressing, can you speak with your manager about opportunities for growth within the organization? There are usually actionable and often immediate steps you can identify to get back on track and start moving in the right direction again.
If you are able to outline ways to get out of your rut within your organization, it’s important to connect with the people within your company who can help make those plans a reality and commit yourself to keeping on track. Focusing on that bigger picture and having support as you start working your way out of your rut can help you get to that next level.