In the landscape of your career there are a lot of pot holes and pitfalls you can fall into. It’s impossible to predict most of these, but some of them are avoidable if you know what to look for. Here are three career roadblocks to watch out for.
Choosing the less challenging route
Sometimes we get the job we absolutely want. Other times we settle for a job that’s okay and think of it as a meantime job. That’s all well and good unless the meantime job turns into the all-the-time job. It’s easy to get comfortable with a regular paycheck and an easy job and forget it’s not what we had planned for ourselves.
Go on like that too long and breaking the cycle of comfort becomes harder and harder until it doesn’t seem worth the effort at all. Others around you have qualifications and experience you simply never got in your meantime job. Then you don’t feel comfortable joining the race for the job you want anymore.
If you are in a meantime job set time limits. Continue renewing your qualifications. Keep getting experience that will help you in get the job you actually want.
Allowing yourself to be controlled by your career
Another thing that can happen to people who find themselves in a less than ideal job is that they’re actually really good at it. They end up getting promoted. Then given more responsibilities, and ultimately become really good at something they have no desire to continue doing.
It’s important to stay vigilant in regards to what you want from your career and your life and do your own steering!
Being too humble
Being modest is lovely, but in a career sense, you can’t sit back and let other people take credit for the things you do, or allow extra effort you put it to go unnoticed.
Be proud of your accomplishments and the person you are. Let people know how great you are at your job, and watch your career pull ahead!