The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on every aspect of our lives. For many, the dramatic change in working routine and the monotony of working from home has led to them questioning where they are at in their careers, and what they really want.
In short, some people are feeling in a bit of a Covid-induced career slump.
Perhaps they were due a promotion before the pandemic arrived, only for it to be delayed. Perhaps they are not progressing in their role because dealing with the pandemic related issues has completely taken over. Perhaps, even, they are just overcome with the tedium of seemingly never-ending Zoom calls.
The good news is that a proactive approach can still move careers in the right direction, even in these testing times. In this article, The Briefing looks at some of the things that can be done to rejuvenate your career.
Take ownership of your own career
Employers now more than ever take an active interest in their staff’s career development but the importance of doing your own planning cannot be overstated. It is of course always helpful to consider career plans through the prism of your current employer, and to be open and honest, but never lose sight of the fact that it is your development and your career. Consider what you want to learn and achieve and not what might suit your current employer.
Having a clear career plan helps to give you direction which in turn can really boost your day-to-day motivation. Knowing why you are doing something can be a very powerful driving force, as can knowing the importance of every baby step taken on that journey.
If you’re feeling unmotivated, creating a career plan, or revisiting an old one, crystallises thoughts and kick-starts motivation.
Rediscover your passion for your profession
Distracted by the changes and challenges of the pandemic, it can be easy to forget why you do what you do and to lose the passion for your job that you once had. Passion can easily be dimmed but it is very rarely lost.
To regain the passion for what you do, remind yourself why you took your job in the first place. Take the time to reflect on what you love about your job. Read about new trends in the industry and be inspired once more by your career and the industry you’re in.
Writing down these thoughts can be very powerful: journaling is a tried and tested method.
Boost your self-confidence
One of the harshest realities of remote working and lack of team interaction can be the loss of those small positive reinforcements and ‘confidence boosts’ that come from having a team around you.
In the absence of a team to do it for you, take the time to do it for yourself! Reflect on all the things you have achieved in your career to date and remember them whenever self-doubt might creep in. Remember that your successes are down to you and no one else.
Look to your role models
Turn to those who you look up to and see what they are doing in their careers. If their career has taken a trajectory that you envy, consider how yours might follow the same path. This can be done from afar but don’t be afraid to reach out: you’d be surprised how many of your industry peers are willing to provide motivation, knowledge and inspiration.
The world has never been more connected than it is now, so embrace that power to drive your career forward.
Above all, remember that you won’t be the only one who is experiencing these feelings. At KPP Search, we operate on a set of core values that include PARTNERSHIP, SUPPORT and EMPATHY. Whether you have a longstanding relationship with our firm, or we have never spoken before, feel free to make contact. An experienced and knowledgeable Consultant will be on hand to advise and counsel you and give you the benefit of their experience. We are here when you need us.