Are you feel­ing un­ful­filled in your cur­rent em­ploy­ment? Or per­haps you feel stuck in a rut, with no way out?


Ca­reer de­vel­op­ment is an area we of­ten ne­glect as we get sucked into the daily grind of the 9 to 5, never find­ing the time to fo­cus on our ca­reer fu­ture. If you feel trapped, dis­il­lu­sioned, or un­happy go­ing to work every day, then this is a sign that you ca­reer needs some at­ten­tion – es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing we spend 99,117* hours at work in our life­time, that’s the equiv­a­lent to 11.5 years of con­tin­u­ous work! So if you are not be­ing ful­filled, it might be time to re­sign. Sandy Cullen, ca­reers de­vel­op­ment ad­viser at The Ca­reer Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (TCMO), said: “Do you look for­ward to get­ting out of bed and go­ing to work? Many peo­ple don’t, but they should. And if you ask some­one about their ca­reer, most say it’s fine, but they would like to make it bet­ter.” Hand­ing in your no­tice is a brave step to take and, to many, a step too far be­cause the very word ‘res­ig­na­tion’ has neg­a­tiv­ity at­tached to it, says the ca­reer de­vel­op­ment ex­pert. He added: “Re­sign­ing has con­no­ta­tions of ‘giv­ing up’, but that’s not the case. Peo­ple move on to an­other role be­cause they want to make im­prove­ments in their lives, and that’s a pos­i­tive thing. Many peo­ple won’t re­sign for ‘fear of the unknown’, but it’s not some­thing peo­ple should shy away from – you have got to look at it pos­i­tively and real­is­ti­cally – and make sure you have some­thing lined up be­fore you go! “How­ever, if you have been hard done by in your cur­rent post, that’s very of­ten a good rea­son to move on.” Am­bi­tious peo­ple need to see the lad­der of pro­gres­sion when they start in any or­gan­i­sa­tion. They even eye up their next role within weeks of start­ing a new role. “A lot of peo­ple who are am­bi­tious of­ten find that their am­bi­tion is sti­fled by com­pa­nies, and what they were promised at the ini­tial in­ter­view doesn’t tran­spire. This leaves them feel­ing very frus­trated and ask­ing them­selves ‘should I re­sign?’ and yes, pos­si­bly they should,” said Sandy Cullen, ca­reer man­age­ment ex­pert at TCMO. In our No.1 sur­vey, Close The Gap Scot­land, we asked more than 1,000 women how they were treated in the work­place, and 62 per cent didn’t think enough is be­ing done to help women achieve se­nior roles.

No pro­mo­tional prospects Feel­ing un­ful­filled

A re­cent study by The Open Univer­sity found that al­most half (44 per cent) of us in the UK are feel­ing frus­trated with life, but it’s our own do­ing as it’s mainly linked to un­ful­filled dreams and am­bi­tions. Nearly four out of 10 peo­ple sur­veyed (39 per cent) said that em­bark­ing on a new ca­reer would solve their dis­sat­is­fac­tion.

Low morale and neg­a­tive vibes

Morale is a key el­e­ment of a com­pany’s cul­ture, so where there’s low morale, em­ploy­ees are dis­en­gaged. No one wants to work in an or­gan­i­sa­tion where morale is

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