5 tips for when you’re over your job

What to do when you've outgrown your job

5 tips for when you’re over your job

Never mind the seven year itch for relationships, for many people, by 6 months they’re already sick of their job.

Whether it takes 6 months or seven years, jobs that once really motivated and challenged you can become mundane, repetitive, and lacking the interest of the first few days in the role.

When this happens it is important not to resign yourself to a job you’re not happy with, before it affects your mentality and quality of work.

In most cases, there isn’t just one answer. While your first thought might be to start looking elsewhere, this shouldn’t automatically be your next step.

1. Talk to your boss.

Start by talking to your manager. Ask them about progression and what steps you can take to work your way up.

2. Take a step up.

Use your initiative and come up with ideas for the company that you could lead. Or ask if there are any extra responsibilities you can take on; maybe they could shuffle work around the team so everyone tries something different.

3. Switch teams.

In larger businesses you might also have the opportunity to try a different team, or relocate to a different store.

4. Make a change.

Look at other roles of your current employer and work out how your skills could fit in there. If you can, try to find something that will really take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you.

Make it related to your experience and skills though: becoming a mechanic might be out of your comfort zone, but if you’ve never picked up a spanner it might not be the way to go.

5. Step out

If this doesn’t work out and you know you need to move elsewhere, think about the role you want to do. If you have outgrown what you are doing now, you shouldn’t be happy doing the same thing somewhere else.

Challenging yourself with new roles and responsibilities, or even a different business, is a great way to keep yourself engaged and motivated for longer.

When you’re sick of your job it can feel desperate, but keep talking about opportunities with your manager and if all else fails, think about where else might challenge you.

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