5 Tips for Staying Interested in Your Career
Everyone sets out in the most positive manner when beginning their route in to a new career. Whether it’s something you’ve fallen into or always wanted, maintaining motivation can be as tricky a task as any.
Did you know only 13% of employees worldwide say they are engaged in their jobs? Finding a new job or career is extremely important, but here at Driving Talent we believe sustaining interest and meaning in a job or career is even more important.
What about the other 87%? Many people wake up every day and only go to work as a means to an end, a necessity. Work takes up so much of our time, why not do what you can to make the most of it? Here’s a few simple ways to do so:
Know “why” you’re doing it
The obvious place to start, why did you choose to do what you do? You might feel stuck or like it was the only option, but there are so many opportunities out there these days that it’s never too late to pursue what you really want to do.
Finding something you deeply connect with, that compliments your personality and you feel passionate about is a great place to start! This might be even easier if you’re having a career change, as you’ll understand yourself pretty well by this point.
Set yourself some goals
Short-term and long-term goals are the key to measuring your own success. Write a list on a notepad or even in your phone of things you want to achieve in the next week, month, year or five years!
Not only will this give you something to aim for, but also make it feel more realistic. Write down the long-term and split this up into short-term sections; focus on the short-term and piece by piece you’ll get where you want to be.
Pick up a new skill
Stay on your toes, never rest on your laurels; there’s always a new project to work on, a new skill to learn, people to meet, things to do. The moment you standstill you’re opening yourself up to falling behind.
Look into and request training courses or workshops at work, identify the ones that will benefit your career path and the business’ growth.
Ask for feedback
Remain objective towards yourself and your skill-set. As you learn more and grow in confidence, it’s important to remember what you don’t know. You can learn a great deal just be speaking and listening to other people, taking on constructive criticism and using that as motivation to constantly improve both as a professional and an individual.
Reminding yourself to think and be positive will have a knock-on effect of your environment, work-flow and attitude. Take notice of what you say to yourself and others throughout the day. Avoid negative comments, thoughts and actions, ignore the office gossip and focus on what really matters.
Practicing mindfulness at work will also help you to keep stress levels down for yourself and your team.