Some tips for shaking off a mid-career slump
Feeling stuck at work? After 20 years of pounding the pavement, it can be easy to feel like you’ve reached a career plateau. But don’t sit there and simply accept it. A happy work life requires an understanding of where you are and where you want to go. This is as true midcareer as it was when you were just starting out.
Monster asked career coaches for ways you can continue to make progress and truly shine during the second half of your career.
Think of your passions
“Make sure you’re doing what feeds your soul. If you’re not, now is a good time to figure out what would, and take the steps to make it happen.” - Lisa Phalen, LJP Consulting, Phoenix
Make your plan
“Don’t leave your career to chance; map out a strategy for where you want be and how you hope to get there. Establish goals for career development, advancement and direction, revisiting the plan at regular intervals to re-assess and modify as your career progresses and changes.” - Adrienne Tom, Career Impressions, Calgary, Alberta
Grow your network—again
“You benefit by managing your career, in addition to simply doing your daily work projects. Take stock of what you are good at, what is important to you and what you enjoy, and maximize your time accordingly. As part of this, it is critically important to advocate for yourself—speak up, share your accomplishments, communicate what you want and find sponsors both within and outside of your company.” - Lori Scherwin, founder, Strategize That, in New York City
Reach out to your mentors
“Continuously engage and re-engage with your mentors and sponsors once or twice a year. With shifts in the marketplace, they can both clarify your goals and help you achieve them.” - Jason Levin, career/outplacement coach at Ready, Set, Launch in Washington, D.C.
Build trust by serving others
“Cultivate trust [because] advances in your career will be determined by people who like and trust you. Seek opportunities to be of service to others—especially your team.” - John P. Engel, president, Knowledge Capital Consulting, Sioux City, Iowa
Try something daring
“If you’re stalling in your career growth and your interest with your job/ industry/sector [is lagging], consider a career transition fueled by a mid-level internship. The real value of such an experience is getting your foot in the door of an exciting new sector where growth may be—or become—stratospheric. Take a gamble that may pay off.” - Alex Twersky, career manager/ vice president, Resume Deli in Hoboken, New Jersey.