Feeling unsatisfied at work? We interviewed a career coach and MD of Personal Career Management. Corinne Mills, for her advice on how to make your job more exciting.
What advice would you give to someone who has recently become bored and uninterested in their work?
It might be that you need to find another job but before you do, it’s always worth seeing if there is scope to mould the job more to your strengths and interests before you start applying elsewhere. If you have a supportive boss then talk to them about what possibilities there might be for career development in the job or the organisation and see what ideas they may have. Staff are expensive to replace and it may be that they are willing to make some changes in order to keep you for a bit longer.
What are your top three tips for making your job more exciting?
- Try to get yourself out and about. Can you invent a good reason to meet with a long-time customer, talk to people in another department, or visit a partnership organisation. Just a change of scene away from your usual desk can bring a welcome change
- Actively look for ways in which you can improve the workings of your team or department. Can you streamline a cumbersome data input process? Can you help induct new staff or get involved in training them? These are likely to be welcomed by your manager and will help to build some achievements for your CV too
- Deliberately take yourself out of your comfort zone to develop your capabilities such as offering to do a presentation at the team meeting
How can you get the most out of your work?
Look for ways to make a positive contribution to the team. This isn’t just about performing the job satisfactorily – what else can you do that might make a positive contribution, whether this is suggesting new ideas, being proactive in solving problems before they escalate, building strong relationships with the rest of the team and customers. This sense of pride in your work is important in any job you might do.
If you’re really feeling stuck and considering making a career move, you might want to speak to a professional career coach to explore your career options.
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