Change your career effectively when you feel stuck

do-you-find-yourself-stuck-in-your-career-job-and-profession Make career change effectively when you feel stuck and Have No Idea What You're Doing
In this article you will learn the following
  • -Mid-life career-crisis
  • -33 reasons why you are looking for change in your profession following causes - add yours if it is not listed here

100+ action steps - to get out of - and find the career that you love and becoming unstuck from your midlife career-crisis - COVERING THE FOLLOWING

  • -16 questions to understand and clarify your risk - depending on the type of change you want
  • -15 types of inventory of your capabilities to list - because many of your skills are transferable to another industry
  • -15 Empowering and idea generating questions to ask - Instead of getting stuck with the thought that - What am I going to do with my life or in this tough economic situation I am really screwed-up
  • -21 Actions to become unstuck and to enable you to look for job and make career change
  • -13 Immutable actions to take additionally - to keep yourself employable and irresistibly attractive to your current and potential employers
  • -12 channels and methods - for searching for jobs


How to deal with your midlife career-change and when you feel stuck but don't know what - Make career change effectively when you feel stuck and Have No Idea What You're Doing

Do you find yourself Stuck in your career, job and profession - well you are not alone.

Many people in their mid-life after seemingly successful career-stint - may feel burned-out or lose their interest in the work completely or may feel stuck and lost - many of them without knowing why.

Mid-life crisis and mid-life career-crisis is real and can be very stressful.

One of the reasons for this could be because at your 40s you are a very different person than how you were in your 20s.

Your goals, values, priorities, dreams, circumstances and relationship-types-n-quality as well as relationship-status all could have changed in most profound manner.

You also might have also overgrown your potential and are ready for a change in your many aspects of your life.

It can be downright overwhelmingly terrifying to think of changing career - especially where you have to start afresh - after you have put in lots of efforts, time, energy and money to acquire the expertise, qualifications, connections and credentials - to reach where you have now.

You may see the need - but yet continue in the same job - maybe because of financial or other compulsions and obligations - like financing your children's education and or marriage etc.

At times - when we feel like changing and there are probably opportunities available - and we don't make it - then later we may never be able to make that change.

It is definitely a catch-22 situation -when you find yourself at this complex cross-road in your life and career.

If you feel stuck working on things that no longer excites you - you must take actions - even if you are unable figure out what to do and how to identify what exactly you want and need.

Feeling stuck in your job can be extremely frustrating - particularly in a difficult job-market conditions - like the one we're experiencing now in this corona phase.

While you are already searching and applying for jobs - you would go through see-saw of emotional turbulence - one moment you feel as if you should quit your current job and after some time - you are filled with grave doubts and start wondering - whether holding on to this job continue for some more time is a better idea.

33 reasons why you are looking for change in your profession following causes - add yours if it is not listed here

  • 1.You find your job too easy and too comfortable and because of this you find something missing in life
  • 2.You find your job too monotonous and don't find any interest in your job anymore
  • 3.You don't see growth opportunities in this job anymore
  • 4.You don't see any learning and development opportunities
  • 5.You are getting bypassed for promotion and better projects
  • 6.You under some type of pressure to get another job as soon as possible
  • 7.This job is too stressful and overwhelming for you
  • 8.You feel outdated in this job
  • 9.You feel burned-out
  • 10. Work doesn't feel meaningful anymore
  • 11. Your values and interests have changed
  • 12. Your industry has drastically evolved especially due to corona and you need cutting-edge competencies to survive
  • 13. You are stuck in the mundane routine of day to day life
  • 14. You feel that you have outgrown of this job AND want to recreate and rejuvenate to feel the charge and excitement again
  • 15. Know something is surely missing in life and making you unhappy - but don't know what
  • 16. Maybe you are looking for more challenging roles
  • 17. Maybe you feel you are capable of solving more complex problems
  • 18. People at mid-career stage have maturity, experience, balance and wisdom - sometimes you might be looking for something that isn't just work — something that's more fulfilling
  • 19. Maybe you took a job for the money thinking that it's temporary and after few years later - you are still there
  • 20. Maybe happen to choose your current career by accident and never consciously -introspected on what you really love to do and should you change
  • 21. Maybe you took job on assurances and assumptions or because you were you were given to understand about the roles that this job needed - but after some time you suddenly realize you are handling different roles - and many more responsibilities than the brief you were given - none which you thought you are supposed to be doing
  • 22. You feel consistently worn out, depleted, and exhausted working in your current career
  • 23. Your current work situation not what you want to do for the rest of your life
  • 24. Money no longer compensating for the emptiness and boredom you experience in your current career
  • 25. You made all the right career choices, but your current career feels so wrong
  • 26. You feel your abilities and talents could be used in a more impactful way in another career
  • 27. Perhaps you had been working hard and were assured of a promotion before this pandemic hit - and all plans are put on hold - leaving you with the feeling of being cheated
  • 28. Or you simply feel stuck in a job that you don't like
  • 29. Or this pandemic has limited your scope for future growth
  • 30. You took this Job - without fully understanding the professional-hazards - like any time on-call, not having work-life balance
  • 31. Or that you are in a super-Specialized Role in a field that is shrinking and it is not in-demand as it once was
  • 32. You have stayed in your role too long
  • 33. Check if these reasons resonates with you - add anything else which gels
  • I.You are stuck in a Dead-End Job if
  • II.Your ideas are consistently ignored or shelved
  • III.Your employer doesn't value the role they've given you
  • IV.The company's growth has is on the downward way
  • V.Your motivation keeps dropping
  • VI.Your manager gives you the work they don't want to do


100+ action steps - to get out of - and find the career that you love and becoming unstuck from your midlife career-crisis

  • 1.Ask yourself to clarify - keep asking till you get answers which
  • I.Why are you feeling stuck -Why you want to change job now - are you feeling stuck - please list as many reasons as you can
  • II.Do you want to change job and remain in the same profession but in different organization or want to start again in a completely new career and profession - please list as many reasons as you can
  • III.If you want to change your career - what has triggered or prompted your this thought-process -please list as many reasons as you can
  • IV.How serious you are - if you answer YES VERY Serious - then list all actions that you have taken so far in this direction
  • 2.List these 7 personal qualities and habits and attitudes and learned competencies PLUS negatives
  • I.Your strengths - both personal, professional and team-wise
  • II.You expertise
  • III.Your Skills[both hard and soft skills], Capabilities and Competencies
  • IV.Your current professional weaknesses
  • V.Your professional anxiety and fears
  • VI.Your interests - personal and professional
  • VII.Your favorite pastimes and hobbies
  • 3.Ask following 16 questions to understand and clarify your risk - depending on the type of change you want
  • I.Are you willing to go back to school to acquire complete new set of qualifications - full time or otherwise
  • II.Are people dependent of you financially
  • III.Suppose you quit your job now - how it will impact you financially and professionally - if you don't get a job soon enough
  • IV.Are you willing to start in a job - at say entry level position - because you don't have the needed competencies AND work under seniors who are much younger than you
  • V.Supposing your new venture does not succeed - how recent are your skills in your current profession
  • VI.Supposing you find - you would like to come back to your current profession - after trying the new field - how much time you think it would take you to get back in this field under present scenarios AND what are your assumptions for this Although one should never stay in a job for LONG -if that makes you unhappy BUT before doing anything drastic - Understand the risk - Take a risk-inventory
  • VII.Accept that in this today's world - there's no such thing as job security or guaranteed employment - neither it will be in the future
  • VIII.Even if the organization or your seniors or the human resources personnel promised you to try how you want to love your life and come back in case it does not work out - PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT - they will take you back only on two condition
  • i.The job would have to be still open
  • ii.You have to be the best candidate at that time - your past performance will not matter later - it is gone forever
  • IX.If you actually want to quit, so just do that — go live your life - but ask yourself how risky this decision would be for you financially
  • X.Mid-career professionals in the tech sector may face rough time finding jobs - because tech companies seem to prefer younger talent with fresher skills and who would work for much lower salaries.
  • XI.If you're going to be in the tech field - you have to keep your skills fresh - or you should be able to demonstrate to your interviewer what additional value-add they would get from a more expensive candidate like you.
  • XII.You also have to get over this notion that the organization owes us because of the long-period we have worked for them - the truth could that you may not be as valuable as per your seniors
  • XIII.Analyze your financial position with great care - because a midlife career change includes getting a pay cut and losing many taken for granted privileges - like medical insurance because self-paying health-insurance is costly
  • XIV.Create an emergency plan and emergency fund
  • 4. 8 reasons which makes people want to leave their jobs or go for a change - add yours if I missed some in this list
  • I.Bad relationship with boss, seniors and colleagues
  • II.Organization not recognizing your worth
  • III.No opportunity to grow professionally, technically, mentally and capability-wise
  • IV.Being bypassed for - good projects and promotions
  • V.Organization culture and values mismatch
  • VI.Toxic atmosphere
  • VII.Lower than average remunerations
  • VIII.Organization is losing its grip on the product, market, quality of service etc.
  • 5.Then ask yourself again these 6 questions to re-clarify what type of change you are looking for
  • I.Should you go back to school
  • II.Are you ready to take the leap into freelancing
  • III.Or you would rather go for a startup
  • IV.Or you are thinking of taking a sabbatical
  • V.Or will take a break, relax and then come back to the same profession
  • VI.Or you will search for a job in another field - WHY - you must answer each of your answer with another why - till you are fully satisfied
  • 6.Take following 15 types of inventory of your capabilities in detail and list - because many of your skills are transferable to another industry
  • I.Your strengths
  • II.Your niche qualities
  • III.Your skills - both hard as well as soft ones
  • IV.Your knowledge Your expertise, exposure and experiences
  • V.Your Interests
  • VI.Your weaknesses
  • VII.Your mental and emotional inhibitions
  • VIII.Your life-style parameters
  • IX.Your fears and anxieties
  • X.What are some of your natural talents
  • XI.What specific group of people would you love to work with and help
  • XII.What problem you have the capabilities to solve for others
  • XIII.What solutions and value-addition you bring to the table What types of work have most energized you over the last few year
  • XIV.How have you grown and developed professionally over the last five years - through new projects, challenging assignments and acquiring skills and certifications
  • XV.What professional network do you have - in your industry, with powerful and influential people, social contacts etc.
  • 7.Supposing you have advanced far in your career BUT now feel that it is not really what you actually want - at least you have discovered that this type of work is not for you - but now you need to figure out what you want to and where you want to go next.
  • 8.Now you need to decide and take following actions - as you can't expect to wake up one morning - and find that all your problems have been solved overnight.
  • 9.Write a detailed essay about your ideal day exactly five years from now - be really-really specific
  • 10. Network, network, network - without worrying over about - your employer learning about your prospecting - there is nothing wrong with talking to someone about your career - you should be doing this all the time
  • 11. You can also have the same conversation with your boss - if you have cordial relationship based on mutual professional respect
  • 12. Start talking to people who are doing something you think you might like to do
  • 13. Even if you feel trapped, frustrated and are unable to make much or any progress - use the power of persistent actions, exploring, experimentation, prospecting and continuous course-corrections and improvisation - to create metamorphosis from not-knowing to doing amazingly satisfying and productive things
  • 14. Fighting against not knowing what you're doing is a waste of energy - instead recognize and accept the truth that even the best-laid plans may not always give you the success you were looking for
  • 15. Use the law of energizing improvisation of ideas - and go as much as you can - while having a conversation with yourself - like - say you are exploring your interest areas - to decide which career or profession or business-startup - would be the best for you.
  • 16. 15 Empowering and idea generating questions to ask - Instead of getting stuck with the thought that - What am I going to do with my life or in this tough economic situation I am really screwed-up
  • I.YOU can say[if true] I love working with people and I am an outdoor person - so I going to explore a career that have these two elements at the core of it
  • II.List all the activities that you are adept at and are thrilled to do any time
  • III.It would be wonderful to get paid to spend time outdoors
  • IV.In this time of work from home - there are lot people - who would love to spend more time outdoors - doing activities to break the monotony
  • V.Many of them although want to spend time like this - but they get stuck in planning stage as they don't have much information
  • VI.And they don't know - where to go and what to do and whether it would be safe
  • VII.And some of them are scared that it won't fit their budget
  • VIII.And I know a lot of great places to go hiking and places where many adventure and outdoor activities can be done
  • IX.And I have certifications for few and I can engage experts who have certifications, equipment and experience
  • X.How can I test this idea real-time - if it would work - in a very-very small scale - let me ask my working friends and their families
  • XI.Even if most people don't take me seriously - I may find few who would show interest - all I have to do is keep talking with people - to test my ideas
  • XII.Focus on the solution, not the problem. Be a part of that solution. And it's amazing how our internal dialogues affect how our lives turn out.
  • XIII.Understand that There are no mistakes, only opportunities
  • XIV.Every unexpected development, every so-called 'wrong turn' is another opportunity to learn - none of them are wrong - they're just not what we expected.
  • XV.Off-course trying to cultivate this attitude within a career change isn't easy
  • 17. 21 Actions to become unstuck and to enable you to look for job and make career change
  • I.Go for psychometric and aptitude and interest tests
  • II.It never hurts to look - if you see a job that excites you more than your current job - give the job description a thorough read - check if it fits with your personality, lifestyle, and future goals - better
  • III.If you can't find a new job that fits in with the demands of your life - staying where you are for now could be the wisest choice- A career change might not be feasible right away—if the non-negotiable parameters like location, salary, work life balance, time to commute, working hours and other essentials get compromised drastically
  • IV.Develop your Skills - You can develop your skills in your current role. Make your own professional development plan and research ways you can amplify your skills.
  • V.Many jobs offer skill-building workshops that you can take during lunch or work hours.
  • VI.Outside of work - you can develop your skills and interests by taking classes or obtaining certificates.
  • VII.Even if your hobby isn't directly related to your career goals - you can pick up a variety of soft skills
  • VIII.Volunteer - Volunteering is one of the best ways to develop your skills outside of work
  • IX.Identify what makes you come alive
  • X.List all your accomplishments that you enjoyed achieving the most and are proud of - go through and look for patterns in your accomplishments in the areas of your work, your education, your social or personal life
  • XI.List those which gave you the greatest sense of enjoyment and satisfaction and fulfillment
  • XII.Identify and list which work situations consistently causes dissatisfaction and frustrations, anxiety, resentment or anger
  • XIII.Think of the phase when [if ever] - when you enjoyed your work and were happy in your career
  • XIV.Ask yourself - if you had better bosses or better colleagues - would you no longer feel stuck- in few cases some of these relationships can be improved - in others -changing jobs while staying on the same career track may improve
  • XV.Identify other causes of dissatisfaction - like insufficient compensation, not enough authority, no time for family
  • XVI.Ask yourself - what can you do in your current job which will give you a more better sense of purpose and make your job more meaningful
  • XVII.If your work violates your core-values on which you really don't want to compromise
  • XVIII.If you know what's holding you back but fear taking action- ask yourself - what would the impact if your worst fears may come true AND what is the worst result of your not taking actions on this issue - how can you mitigate the negative impacts
  • XIX.What's your vision for your life - How you want to see yourself 5-10-15 years from now
  • XX.Would taking a leadership role will make you become unstuck - two main ways you can do this are with experiments path and the explorations - Change your process and see if things improve. If they do, great. You can take your experiment and turn it into a permanent change and if things don't improve, you can always revert back to your old routine. And you can use the lessons from this failure to come up with better ideas for change - the second way would be going off the beaten path and trying new things
  • XXI.One way to do this is to volunteer to help out with projects or functions outside of your normal responsibilities
  • XXII.The above 21 points were for identifying - what venture you can get into
  • 18. 13 Immutable actions to take additionally - to keep yourself employable and irresistibly attractive to your current and potential employers
  • I.Ask yourself what are the biggest challenges that you have - internal as well as external
  • II.Find out how are your potential employers performing in their market - what are their challenges and how can you solve them
  • III.Identify what skills do you need to develop - Can you develop them at work or do you need to learn outside - find the best ways and places to learn from
  • IV.Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You
  • V.Take time to create and build your Personal-Brand powerfully - promote your strengths
  • VI.Take pride in your background, and demonstrate a willingness to learn what you don't know.
  • VII.Explore the options of changing industries and not merely jobs
  • VIII.Get in touch with your own self to identify what you want in your next job - what you want has to be perfectly crystal clear
  • IX.Explore the various industries which can use your relevant experiences and your transferable skills
  • X.Then check this new field - to get the idea about the remunerates, educational and other technical requirements
  • XI.Talk to people in the profession to get a vivid and realistic picture of what the work is like, how career paths typically unfold, and what skills make candidates attractive.
  • XII.Learn how to optimize your resume and cover-letter - Use keywords in your resume and cover-letter - to get noticed by the applicant tracking as well as application screening software
  • XIII.Use creativity to Polish up your LinkedIn profile - to make it stand-out even if - your credentials are average
  • 19. 12 channels and methods - for searching for jobs
  • I.Identify the organizations that you would like to work with - then get the email id and contact details of top decision makers AND then through a researched and customized cover-letter and resume - highlighting why your current set of skills and competencies would help the organization overcome the challenges they are facing now
  • II.Create workshops and training programs - offer them to the organizations you are interested in working for - maybe for free - to connect with people and influence them with your capabilities
  • III.Market yourself as consultant - by offering to delivering results in their challenge-areas and your expertise areas
  • IV.Participate in the professional forums actively - when you get noticed - tell them about your trying to seek a change - after you have shown that you have the potential and grit
  • V.Identify power people of influence and try to get them refer you for job
  • VI.If there are opportunities of walk-in or virtual interviews - go and attend - to sharpen your interview-facing skills
  • VII.Register and actively apply through LinkedIn Jobs
  • VIII.Registering with global recruitment consultants
  • IX. Using keywords - search and apply for job on google
  • X.Registering with big domestic manpower consultants
  • XI.Create a video-cv - done professionally
  • XII.Responding to newspaper advt. - although this medium has very-very less offers

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