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Reigniting Your Career

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Once you’ve been in your career for a while and the learning curve begins to wane, you may start to wish for more challenges. Rather than start from the ground up at a new job, why not spruce up a tired routine by giving your role at work a mini makeover? Chances are a few small changes will go a long way.

Here are some helpful ways you can revive a spark at work.

Make the most of your job. Refreshing your role on the job is about reinvigorating what you already have. What you are trying to achieve is recapturing that energy and excitement you had about your chosen field when you started and maintaining the foundation and successes you’ve built over time. It’s possible to regain the enthusiasm you once had, while also keeping the valued work relationships and hard-earned seniority you have achieved. Seek out different projects or pathways in your role that interest you or feel would challenge you. Engage your supervisor or leader in the process by letting them know what you are looking for, and have this be a central part of professional development conversations you may already be having. You may be surprised by the opportunities that exist by asking the right questions and involving leaders who are invested in your growth.

Audit your career. Before you can realize your career goals, you need to assess your strengths and weaknesses. What do you excel at and what skills are you lacking? Are you hoping to move into a management position or explore other avenues within the company? If so, consider the qualities, experience, and education you need to get there.

From upgrading your computer skills to taking classes to work toward specialized accreditation in your industry, adult education sessions are usually a good place to start strengthening the foundations of your career path. Education can also help you feel more confident in your abilities and open your eyes to new ways of doing things.

Focus on your goals. After recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, and weighing your options, it’s time to start laying out your plan. Setting goals is important for making progress. You can motivate yourself and maximize your opportunities for success by knowing your wants, putting pen to paper, make your wants a priority, set deadlines, and value your wants. Again, engaging your supervisor or leader here could really help you determine and achieve goals within your field.

Think outside your box. Request a temporary job rotation. Discuss the idea with your manager to see if they’d be open to a role switch with a similar department or different location. Temporary changes can help you grow and experience creative energy that may be lacking in your current role and revive a passion that needed reigniting.

Put yourself out there. Make time to discuss your career with your manager or HR and reach out to your network to share your ambitions, so that when an opportunity arises, people know you’re interested.

Change can be intimidating, but it’s the prerequisite for personal and professional growth. If you need more help with your career or if you’d like assistance in reaching out to a career counsellor, your EAP is here for you 24/7.

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