How to jump-start your career

Are you unsatisfied in your current job? Well, you’re not alone

Fri, January 3rd, 18:06


Complacency in your career can lead to stagnation in a company – many highly skilled, dedicated people can become disillusioned if they feel they are not achieving their professional goals. If you are not being regularly challenged by interesting and enjoyable work on a regular basis, you can begin to feel disengaged and unmotivated. You may need to ask yourself if it’s worth considing leaving your current job or perhaps pursuing an entirely new career.

Below is our list of five helpful tips to help reinvigorate your career and get you back on track.

Take initiative – ask for more work:  One way of demonstrating your desire to succeed and achieve within the company you work for is to collaborate on projects outside of your normal duties and offer assistance to colleagues. This initiative will get you noticed and will be viewed as being a sign that you are genuinely interested in doing good work and also the company’s success.

Speak up at team meetings: Listen carefully to what is being said in meetings and take note of major developments. Prepare for the meeting and structure your thoughts, suggestions and ideas by drawing up an agenda. Your goal is to make positive and useful contributions that establish you as being of value to the team.

Improve your communication skills: Developing the ability to communicate more effectively will help you to earn the respect of those around you and allow you to engage more productively in the workplace. It will also allow you to be more confident when selling yourself and developing your personal brand.

Learn to network: As we discussed in a previous blog post: Finding a job through professional networking, the people in your circle are of the utmost importance to your career. The more influential contacts you cultivate by networking, the more job opportunities you will encounter. Your goal should be to build a strong contacts list and make new connections by attending such things as industry events, conferences and recruitment fairs.

Consider education and training: The job market is a competitive place, so successful jobseekers are the ones who manage to differentiate themselves from the competition. Upskilling has become a vital tool in career advancement and further education through part-time courses or studying at night will help you to keep up-to-date on developments in your industry. Discuss your desire for training with your employer, they will no doubt respect and appreciate your ambitious nature to further your professional development.

Paul Bacon

The Irish Times