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Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | 15+ years professional experience
I've been fortunate to be in a secure job and have throughly enjoyed growing within the company. However, I'm going on 7 years and starting to feel I am ready for a change. Also, I've noticed I tend to get an attitude (but hold it in thankfully). With the economy as it is and knowing it is not a great time to be able to make a quick move, how can I re-energize myself?
The first question you need to ask yourself is “Do I like working for this boss/company?” If the answer is yes, and you have a good relationship with your manager, then set a time to talk to them about where they see your career going. If you don’t, then perhaps it is time to start thinking about something new.
I often see people sit back and wait for change to come to them — which it rarely does — when they need to be proactive about their career. First, identify what you like about your job, and then identify where you think you could be doing more. Are there projects you could volunteer to do? Is there anything you see that needs to be done, where no one else has picked up, that you could grab hold of? Is there a different role or department in which you’d like to get experience?
You should have some of these things clear in your mind before you speak with your boss. If you are not sure how the conversation will go, is there someone at work you trust that you could bounce your ideas off first? That can often be helpful in structuring the discussion more clearly.
About Jane Hollman
Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.
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