Whether they’re big or small, we all suffer from career frustrations. However, you have to look at your options. Is there enough of an upside for you in your current career to tolerate staying with your job? Many people feel like they have no options and therefore have no choice. You can either ignore your frustrations and risk becoming a victim of Battered Career Syndrome, or you can proactively try and work through your frustrations. For most people, the latter of the two options is the better solution to the problem, but working through your career frustrations isn’t always easy. Today, The Entrepreneur’s Source reviews five simple steps to help those suffering from Battered Career Syndrome break free from their career frustrations.
Step One. Determine the root of the problem
Many individuals working in corporate America find themselves frustrated with their careers but never take the time to pinpoint just what is making them tick. Because of this, the first step on your journey of discovery is to take some time to get to the root of your frustration.
- Do you feel as if you’re being overworked?
- Do you travel too much?
- Do you feel underappreciated by your boss?
- Are you disengaged from your work?
- Do you feel like you are working really hard and others get to capitalize on your efforts?
Establishing just what is making you unhappy at work is the only way you can work toward finding a solution to overcoming your frustration and thrive.
Step Two. Identify the change that needs to be made
Now that you’re establishing just what the issue you’re having is, you can begin to identify how your feelings could change. For example, if you feel as if you’re disengaged from your work, then it’s time to brainstorm why that is.
- Have your goals and priorities changed?
- Has the job or management or the industry changed?
- Is there hope for you to become reengaged?
- Would speaking to your manager and vocalizing your frustrations help?
The only thing you have to lose at this point your happiness, your continued success and longevity at the organization depends on it. While brainstorming, maybe you’ll come up with a resolution or perhaps the conclusion will be that your current job has no more potential to satisfy your career and goals. Finding the solution to what can solve your frustrations will help you in determining your next steps.
Step Three. Let your voice be heard
You most likely won’t benefit from keeping your career frustrations to yourself. Sometimes other people hold the power in whether or not you can ultimately make the change that’s needed to become satisfied in the workplace. Once you’ve identified the change you’d like to be seen made, go to your higher-up and bring up your frustration and your proposed change. Whether or not they get on board with the proposition is in their hands, but you’ll probably regret not asking and risking forever lamenting in your frustrations.
Step Four. Make a change
Once your concerns and proposed changes have been heard, it’s time to come up with a plan of action. If your manager is on board with your suggested changes, you may be able to create a plan of action to set you up on the path to make the change.
In an ideal world, all of our bosses would agree with our concerns and proposed plans of action to reach career happiness. However, you do face the risk of having your higher-up not wanting to accept your proposition. If this is the case, then there are two routes you can take. You can either stay in your current position and continue to suffer from career frustrations, or can make a change to find an alternative career. And keep in mind, change is not always easy, but often well worth it. Giving up on a desired result in the short term is almost always easier than exploring options outside your current comfort zone that will ultimately give you what you say you want.
Step Five. Seek outside help
Oftentimes, seeking out professional alternative career coaches to assist you in overcoming your career frustrations and finding an alternative path to success is a wonderful resource for those suffering from Battered Career Syndrome. Collaborating with a career coach can help you identify your frustrations to better determine what you’d like your future to look like.
Alternative career coaches at The Entrepreneur’s Source are trained in helping their clients identify their Goals, Needs and Expectations alongside their Income, Lifestyle, Wealth and Equity (I.L.W.E.) Goals so they can better envision what their ideal future would look like. A coach can be your best supporter, when doubt starts to creep in, they will help you put things in perspective and you’ll be empowered and gain confidence about your abilities and possibilities.
For more information about how a coach at The Entrepreneur’s Source franchise can help you overcome your career frustrations and find an alternative route to career happiness, contact Jeff today. You can schedule a free 30-minute call here.
Article originally published on The Entrepreneur’s Source blog.