Stuck In A Career Rut? What Next?

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You may have been one of those kids who knew what they wanted to be from the age of three or four. Your career plan was already mapped out in your head. You might have fancied becoming a doctor; you knew exactly what subjects to study, what grades you needed to work towards and which university you were going to attend before specializing in cardiology, diagnostics or orthopedics.

On the other hand, you could be one of the more common individuals that have somehow managed to slip into a career not by choice or design but rather because of fate and opportunity. This has led to you becoming disillusioned and stuck in a rut a few years down the line. You may get very little satisfaction from your job, and you may worry that your career choice was the wrong one. Don’t worry – you have options. Rather than wallow in the depths of self-pity and plod along, do something about your lack of motivation. Take a look at what you can do if you find yourself in a career rut.


Sometimes you need to satisfy your wanderlust cravings, get away from it all and head off on your travels. You may be fortunate enough to secure an unpaid sabbatical from your employer, or you may have to be a little braver, take the plunge and resign from your current role in order to travel. While this is daunting, the alternative of remaining in the same job may no longer be an option. On your return, you’ll feel reinvigorated and motivated. You may have clarified your thoughts while trekking in the Borneo jungle or visiting the Great Wall of China and you can try and secure a position in your new chosen career. Employers value well-traveled graduates and the experience and confidence they bring to their companies.

Overseas Work

It may not be the role that you are in that’s leaving you disheartened but it could be the environment in which you are doing it. You could seek new job opportunities overseas to broaden your professional and personal horizons. In an interview with Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi by OBG, the sheikh describes how the UAE is crying out for foreign talent to enhance their credibility as a centre of research. This foreign talent could be you.


If you don’t want to commit yourself to another job, you haven’t been bitten by the wanderlust bug, and you need to take some time out from the 9 to 5, why not consider volunteering? This way you are still developing excellent experience to put on your resume, and you’re doing something worthwhile, albeit unpaid, with your time. You might want to explore different career paths in a voluntary capacity, or you could support a local community initiative. Giving back to the society in which you live makes you feel good and can enhance your career prospects.
Working out how to get out of a rut that you are well and truly stuck in can be difficult. However, utilize this advice, and you could find yourself able to look to the future with a new positive frame of mind.

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