Career Management: Get Your Career Unstuck and
Positive Career Planning Ideas to get your
stalled career moving
You’ve evaluated your career progress against your written career plan and find you
are not advancing as planned. Or perhaps there appears to be something lacking in your career, maybe not the
expected degree of satisfaction you had planned.
Here are some suggestions to get
your stalled or stuck career back on the fast-track.
skills and knowledge to improve your career opportunities:
Building your skill base is an excellent
method to advance your career and add more satisfaction to your job. What additional skills would improve your
chances on winning a promotion? Discuss this with your boss.
What general and then what
specific skills are valued by your employer? Will your employer pay the costs of your added education? The variety
of educational offerings is almost endless. Build your new learning opportunities into your career plan.
Seminars and workshops may be
offered locally. National conferences related to your career or industry can be valuable additions to your career
development. Just be sure you report back to your boss on what you learned and what can be implemented to improve
your job performance and/or the department and company.
You can take courses at a local
college or university. Internet based learning has a wide variety of offerings. Self-study can also be a valuable
method to build your skills. Listening to CD’s on your commute can over time, add to your language and other career
Search and ask for additional career opportunities:
Effective career management means
finding opportunities within your department or the company that are neglected because of downsizing or a shift of
focus yet are important to the health of the company. Ask your supervisor if you can take on the added
responsibility. Be sure the added tasks will spotlight you skills, are within your abilities, are challenging and
will help you in your career advancement.
Take a positive approach-Attitude is everything in
effective Career Management:
Do you have a clear
picture on possible advancement from your current position? Talk to your supervisor. What do they see changing in
your job? What are others doing?
What can you do to improve your
abilities to qualify for a promotion? Work with your supervisor, let them know about your progress and that you are
motivated to qualify for a move up the ladder.
If after this discussion, and
further research you conclude your current job is a dead-end and you’ve reached the top of the salary scale you
have some thinking to do. You still have a job to do, but you can begin developing options to build into your
Build your network to help your career planning and
As we move through our career we
come in contact with a variety of people. Former co-workers, ex-bosses, vendors, members of alumni groups,
association with career related organizations, neighbors, contacts from other groups, all are individuals you
should keep in contact with.
You can assist members of your
network in their job hunting efforts, provide them with career related information, and most important they can
keep you informed of other career related opportunities. Find a mentor in your network to guide and support you.
Mentor others as appropriate. It will all help you in your career research and career planning.
Reassess you career plan-write out new career
Maybe you’re stalled career
should be pushed over to the side of the road. Perhaps there are other challenges that excite you. Maybe there are
other things you have a passion to accomplish. So reassess your career plan and analyze how you can best use your
current skills and interests to make a successful career change.
Be realistic in your assessment,
what obstacles do you have to overcome to qualify for the changed career? In rebuilding your career plan, lay-out
an action plan that will allow you to reach your desired destination in a reasonable amount of time.
Don’t overlook the financial
aspects of a change in career. With many career changes comes a change in your financial situation, at least in the
beginning, so take a careful look at all aspects of your new income level, your debts and future
Now you’ve got your stalled
career back on track, or you’re excited to be working toward a new an exciting direction in your career. Either way
your job satisfaction should be climbing and isn’t that what a great career is all about? And you accomplished all
this with effective career management.
For a positive look at what
others have done in managing their careers go to career planning after 50.