Are you satisfied in your current position, but wondering if you will be satisfied several years from now? Often, what keeps us sharp in our work is exciting challenges and the effort required to excel. When we lose the sense that our careers will lead us to new and interesting places, some of the spark dies. To avoid a feeling of stagnation, it is important to find ways to reinvigorate your approach to your work. The following five suggestions are small steps that can deliver big benefits.
1. Build a network within your current job.
Get to know people in other departments, particularly departments with whom you regularly interact as a part of your daily responsibilities. Ask questions about what they do and how they do it. Expanding your knowledge of the skills and competencies required for other departments will benefit your work in your current position and prepare you for increased responsibility down the line.
2. Build a network within your field.
Find groups and associations related to the work you do. Networking outside your place of employment exposes you to different perspectives on your work, which in turn can help you more effective in your own job. Most fields have online groups and associations that can be joined for free, and with little time commitment. Members interact online, sharing ideas, news and innovations.
3. Use Technology Such as RSS Feeds
Set up RSS feeds for sites and news related to your work. While we all have good intentions of keeping up with new developments in our professions, few of us have the energy at the end of the day to actively search for the latest news. By activating a feed, news and alerts will be automatically delivered to your inbox, keeping you up to date with minimal effort.
4. Subscribe to publications.
Like the feeds, a subscription to a publication brings regular and reliable news to you on topics related to your work. If you have joined an association, check to see if any publications are included with your membership. In addition, search for online newsletters and e-zines that have relevance to your profession or job. Publications often provide information about resources, supplies, equipment and events.
5. Take classes.
Additional education can improve your performance at your current job. It can also inspire you to consider related fields that you may have previously dismissed because you lacked qualifications. Think about the aspect of your job that you find most challenging or most intriguing. Then search for course offerings and accredited degree programs related to your area of interest. Whether you take a few courses or enroll in a full program, you will be engaged in a learning experience that can reignite your passion for your work.