When you hear the word ’detox,’ you probably think of increasing your vegetable content, eliminating alcohol, and tending to your liver. Although detoxing your body is crucial for your health, detoxing your career can bring you just as many benefits.
How do you feel in your current career? Do you feel satisfied? Does your workday challenge you, bringing you a sense of achievement? Do you feel as though you’re in a dead end job with no prospects? If so, it may be time to cleanse your career and your overall life.
Just as unhealthy eating habits and poor choices negatively affect your health, being unhappy in your career is just as toxic to your well-being. You need to be fulfilled and enjoy your career, as you spend thousands of hours working throughout your lifetime.
Top Reasons to ’Detox’ Your Career
There are a variety of reasons for changing your career. Each scenario differs, but if you can relate to the following reasons, then you may benefit for a career detox.
- Your Job Fielding is Worsening: When you first entered your job, it may have been full of promise. If opportunities are now diminishing due to the economy, changes in technology, or the industry as a whole, you should look for better options.
- You’ve Lost Inspiration: Are you feeling burnt out? You may have happily worked everyday at one point in your career, but now you feel uninspired. You may have changed employers, or your job is no longer fulfilling. This is a clear sign that it’s time to cleanse your career.
- You’re Under Too Much Stress: Your career may be creating so much stress, that you can barely handle it anymore. If your career is negatively affecting your life in terms of your mental or physical health, there’s no better reason to make a change.
- You’re Not Earning Enough: Do you feel as though you’re putting in a lot of hours, yet you’re not making enough to survive? Money isn’t everything, but if you’re planning on changing careers, aim for something that will be economically beneficial as well.
- You’re Bored: There’s nothing worse than a boring day that drags on. If everyday feels this way, then you may need to find something that is more challenging and exciting.
How to Detox Your Career
If you feel as though it’s time to detox your career, then use some of the following tips:
1. Know Who You Are and What You Want
No one knows you better than yourself. What do you enjoy? You will feel the greatest level of satisfaction if you love what you do. Perhaps you need to make slight changes in your career. If you do not like your current place of employment, but love your job, then perhaps you need to look for a new employer. If you have exhausted all opportunities in your field, maybe you need to make a bold career change.
Focus on your strengths and the areas that motivate you. There’s no doubt that there’s a correlation between your strengths and your satisfaction. Your strengths often relate to areas you enjoy. Your strengths and motivation levels, also allow you to excel. As you excel, you increase your opportunities. As opportunities increase, you are more prone to enjoy your position.
2. Build Job Security
Focus on everything that makes you unique. What makes you stand out in the crowd? It’s important to market yourself, building your credibility. If you’re going to make a career change, you need to focus on what you bring to the table. What is it that you want to do? How will you achieve this? Once again, focus on your strengths, while working on your weaknesses.
Build up your network. Your dream job may not be advertised, so its important to network within the industry you’d like to work in. Networking is crucial, as many jobs are filled through referrals. The Internet has opened up a whole new world of networking. LinkedIn is a great resource to find people in the field you’re interested in. Start reaching out to people, asking questions and receiving advice.
If you’re happy within your career, but you’re not happy with how your future is panning out, speak up. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind when appropriate. If you have worked hard for a number of years, there is no reason why you wouldn’t be eligible for a promotion. Communication skills are one of the best tools you have. Focus on what’s on your mind. Try and communication your frustrations before you make hasty decisions.
3. Plan For Your Future, Knowing What Direction You’d Like to Take
It’s easy enough to say you’re not happy in your career, so think about what would make you happy. Where would you like to see yourself? You are in control of your future, so focus on the future you’d like. Planning is everything in terms of success. If you are changing positions or careers, you need a plan of action. How do you get from your current position to your desired future position? Fill in the blanks, what needs to be accomplished?
Do your research and seek advice. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially from those in your network. If you have made strong connections throughout your career, reach out to people who can assist you. You can also focus on people that inspire you. Do you know someone who woke up one day and decided to make more positive decisions regarding their future? Surround yourself with positive, inspiration people.
Techniques and Tools to Detox Your Career
Thinking about detoxing your career is unlikely to provide change. You need to put your ideas to work. The following tools and techniques will ensure your success:
- Vision Boards: If you’re a visual person, create a large vision board. Take a large piece of paper or writing board and start filling it with ideas. Use images and key words to represent your future plans. This may help you make connections and provide further ideas. This board will also motivate, as you can continually add on new and fresh ideas.
- Career Assessments: If you are not happy in your career, you are probably aware of your dislikes. Have you focused on your likes? Sometimes you need to re-discover yourself. There are many career assessment tools that make this possible. This will also allow you to assess your skills.
- Research New Potential Careers: You may have an idea of what you’d like to do, but you’re not sure how to get there. National Career Services is a great place to check out a variety of careers, and what would be required of you.
- Education: Once you know what you’d like to do, you may need to update your skills, education, and training. Take it slow, and do it right. Step-by-step, you will be closer to your final goal. Approach the institutions that offer the education you desire. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
- Go Back to Basics: You may need to go back to job-hunting basics. How is your CV, is it up-to-date? Are you comfortable with the interview process? You may need to brush up in these areas.
If your career is no longer bringing you satisfaction or reward, then you need to detox. It’s time to rid yourself of everything that brings you down. You deserve to be happy in your career; the choices you make are up to you. If you feel as though you should be doing something else, then why wait? Find out what needs to be done, make a plan of action, ask for help, and work towards your career goals.
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