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Noth­ing to be done

Well, sort of. You can al­ways be look­ing at ways to bet­ter your­self in your 9-5er. Use this break to re­flect on what you’ve achieved, what you love about the job and the ar­eas you want to grow in – the best time for cre­ativ­ity is when you’re not at work. As well as hav­ing space to sit back and get out of the busi­ness of ‘do­ing’, a break gives you that space to think of dif­fer­ent ideas. While you’re chill­ing in a ham­mock on some trop­i­cal is­land (or on a chair in your folks’ back­yard) draft up an ac­tion plan for the next 12 months. List ev­ery­thing you want out of your job and how you en­vi­sion get­ting it. To keep you on track, mo­ti­vated and feel­ing like you’re achiev­ing things, break it into a month-by-month plan, tick­ing each win off as you go. Set a re­minder in your phone for the end of each month to go back over the plan, re­frame and rein­vig­o­rate your am­bi­tion.

Time to change jobs

But be­fore rush­ing the res­ig­na­tion, draft up a pros and cons list of the role. If you have gaps in which you are more un­happy than happy then I would say it’s a good in­di­ca­tion for you to start look­ing for an­other role. If you’re un­happy with the peo­ple you work with but you en­joy the job, an ul­ti­ma­tum of ‘it’s me or them’ won’t al­ways work in your favour – it’s on you to sort the sit­u­a­tion out your­self. If you en­joy the work, you don’t have to have a huge ca­reer change – you prob­a­bly al­ready have the right con­tacts, so hit them up for some in­tel on who may be hir­ing in your cir­cles, or ap­proach your favourite com­pa­nies know­ing what you want out of your next role. At the same time, look at any in-of­fice per­son­al­ity mis­matches as an op­por­tu­nity to grow and en­hance your emo­tional in­tel­li­gence so you can re­spond in dif­fer­ent ways to oth­ers. I call it CIA: Con­trol, In­flu­ence, Ac­tion.

Meet with your man­ager

Put to­gether a list of your strengths, an­other of all you’ve achieved and added to the com­pany in the past 12 months, then think about what it is you’re not en­joy­ing about your job. Think about what you want to achieve – it’s no use if you walk into a chat ex­pect­ing your man­ager to have all the an­swers. Meet half­way. If you’ve got a good value match, but there’s a lot of stuff you’re not en­joy­ing about the role, ask your man­ager if there is some­thing you can do to move into a dif­fer­ent role where you can use your strengths, or whether there’s a role that will give you the op­por­tu­nity to grow more and get the ex­pe­ri­ence to drive you ahead. If you feel down about your gig only when you’re do­ing the bor­ing ad­min tasks, your man­ager can’t change that. Nei­ther can you. Every­one from the of­fice ju­nior up has a part of their job de­scrip­tion that is less than glam­orous.

Switch your ca­reer

This is pretty much the ca­reer equiv­a­lent of it’s not you, it’s me. You may love the com­pany and feel happy with your co-work­ers, but if the thought of do­ing what you do for the next 20 years de­stroys your very soul, you’ve got to do what’s good for you. Speak to some­one in the in­dus­try you’re think­ing of mak­ing a leap to be­fore you do any­thing. Be­fore spend­ing money on a new de­gree you think you’ll need, ask whether you’ve got trans­fer­able skills. As­sess the tools and sup­port you need. This in­cludes the fi­nan­cial as­pect, if you find you need to take a role slightly down on the lad­der (no ca­reer is a straight line to re­tire­ment). If this means you have to stay in your role a lit­tle bit longer while you put plans in mo­tion, then do it. Al­low your­self three months’ salary in your bank ac­count and set a date to make the leap, or you’ll never do it.

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