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