Revitalising your vision when facing career downtime

Let’s face it. We have all, at some point in our careers, faced a wall driving us to do 1 of 3 things. Stay where we are without change, take a 180 degree turn towards something completely different, or stay where we are, but seek new change.  And whether you’re a self-employed independent worker, or whether you’re a full-time employee with a major brand, balancing work peaks and troughs is something that you will almost certainly be challenged with at least once (more than likely, on several occasions) in your working life. 

And in a recent study by the London School of Business & Finance, 47% of those professionals surveyed felt that they were ready for something new. 

So, if you feel like you’re always doing the same types of project, we share 3 ways that you can ignite that old career spark again, and triumph through the quiet periods.   

1.    Spread your skills – embrace a new sector.

Transferrable skills. A concept thrown around far too frivolously, and far too often.  But as an independent consultant, you have most likely mastered the expertise to be able to adapt, think on your feet, act nimbly – besides, flexibility was probably one of the biggest drivers of your independent career in the first place. And if it feels like you’re always working on the same projects, doing the same thing – perhaps it’s time to look a little further than the norm. Perhaps merely finding new projects that showcase your functional expertise, but introduce you to a whole new sector if just the change you need to get started.  Remember, lack of direct experience is not always a barrier to a new job. 

2.    Get back to basics

Perhaps facing an independent career slump is purely because you’ve ventured too far down a road, that you’ve neglected to remember the reason why you embraced a flexible way of working in the first place. Think back to when you made that first choice. The agony, and ecstasy of being master of your own destiny. Full of ideas, and drive – you have somehow found yourself pigeon-holed in an industry or skillset that constricts more than it empowers. Deconstruct your skills, your experience and your know-how – and start to focus on identifying projects that play to the strengths that you possess, but have possibly forgotten about. 

3.    Learn a new skill

When you feel you’re not doing anything new – then perhaps it’s time to learn something new. When you consider that, according to the same report, a quarter of UK professional men regret their current career choice, with 1 in 3 25-34 year olds feeling the same, there’s indication that to keep things fresh, you need to continuously be on the lookout for new opportunities to develop – and whether it means changing career, or whether it simply means adopting something new, the focus is less about the position you’re stuck in, and more about your personal development forward. The more you learn, the more you open yourself up to new project opportunities. 

With financial insecurity being one of the biggest reasons stopping professionals from trying something new, as an independent worker, you have most likely become accustomed to keeping your eye on your pipeline, looking ahead and planning for the quiet periods.  So, why not plan for those quiet periods by taking complete advantage of them, in preparation for the next phase of your career?

If you’d like to share your story about overcoming career tough challenges, we’d love to hear from you. 

About the Author

Katy Roberts

Katy is an independent marketing consultant and founded Fresh Brew Marketing out of her love for the cuppa. A seasoned marketer, Katy writes for several global publications and provides outsourced marketing services to businesses throughout the UK. She is a keen geocacher and rates running around in city centres dressed in Christmas lights as one of her most successful Social Media campaigns to date.

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