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5 ways to revive a stalled career

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A head start over others
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A head start over others

Have you ever had a feeling that you’re stuck in your job, while everyone else is moving ahead? You need to challenge yourself & get out of your comfort zone. Here are some tips from experts on how to refresh a stalled career.

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Challenge yourself

There is no growth in one’s comfort zone, says Greg Moran, CEO, Zoomcar. If you find yourself in such a situation, consider it an opportunity to take risks and be adventurous.
It could be a really small step like changing the routine, or the time when one clocks in or clocks out, organising your life to strive for a better work-life balance, or even taking on a new project that would potentially involve working with a different set of people, he says.

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Upskill

Sometimes, a stalled career is a sign of having performed the same tasks repeatedly over a long period of time. Thus, it might also present an opportunity for professionals to advance their existing skills and capabilities, Moran says.
You can even consider taking up a part-time, or online, course to enhance your skills and take up more challenging projects. Samira Gupta, a life coach in Delhi, says these newer skills can also be life skills, like networking and how to be a better manager or team player.

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Identify a goal
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Identify a goal

If challenging yourself in your current job and acquiring skills don’t work, maybe you need to change your job. “A stalled career often stems from you not knowing what to do,” Gupta says.
Identify a goal or multiple goals, and how to get to it. Research has shown that people who have goals are happier and more successful than people who don’t. Writing down goals also makes you more likely to achieve it than if you just formulate it in your head, according to many studies.

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Seek a mentor
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Seek a mentor

Don’t alienate yourself if you have a stalled career, says Moran. You are not alone in this struggle, even though it may feel like a loner’s stride sometimes. Gupta says if you can’t find a solution, a mentor can help.
It could be a boss, a senior leader or a professional. Moran says most people at the top are more than willing to counsel or advice once they find that the person is truly interested in listening and acting upon their suggestion.

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Be assertive

Sometimes the opportunities might be right in front of you, but you just might not have the courage to ask for it. “You need to work on your communication skills,” Gupta says.
Research shows that women tend to be more agreeable and less assertive compared to men. Working on being more assertive and asking for what you want are keys to revive your career.

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