3 Reasons Why Your Career May Be Stalling

Two focuses of my blog are Career Discussions and General Education. Once you’ve started your career, at some point you’ll like ponder how to continue to move forward in it. This is especially true if and when it stalls. The following contributed post is entitled, 3 Reasons Why Your Career May Be Stalling.

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According to some reports, 50% of Brits are expecting to change their professions, while others seek answers to explain the slowdown in their careers. Indeed, the reasons are many, but few people take a moment to find out why. Sometimes, it is a professional burnout, and other times, it may be due to a general lack of interest in what used to excite you. Below is a discussion of these and other possible reasons for stalling careers.

1. You’re engaged in the wrong job

The first question to ask yourself is why you’re currently working in a particular role. Did you apply for the job simply because you needed to make a living? Or did you get engaged in the role because you felt you had something to offer? If your answer is close to the first question, that may be the reason your career is stalling. You probably got the job because it filled an immediate need and would pay the bills.

When this happens, the possibility of growing indifferent to the role and your current career may be greatly increased. If financial motivation is the only reason you got into the job, you could experience a stall in your career. The general lack of interest becomes the fuel that drags your career to the ground. Experts advise that there should always be a potent personal reason apart from money when choosing a career.

2. You stopped committing time to personal development

When was the last time you enrolled in a professional development course? Do you still find a reason to study more about your field? There are new demands for careers, and without continuous development, you may find yourself lagging. Even worse, your career may grind to a halt because you don’t seem to know the latest trends in your field. For example, the IT world continues to evolve rapidly due to technological advancements. If you fail to learn new trends, you may not be useful in the role in a few years. What happens subsequently is a stall in your IT career. Indeed, this can happen in any professional field. And it is up to you to find solutions. Career advancement doesn’t happen just by showing up for work. Your actions and inactions play significant roles in your success.

3. A slowdown in the industry you’re in

Due to technological advancements, some ‘professions’ have become obsolete since human resources are no longer needed. For example, lift operators no longer exist since anyone can operate one these days. More recently, the pandemic caused industries worldwide to drastically slow down. Many organisations let go of millions of employees worldwide, and some careers recorded a tremendous slowdown.

Admittedly, an industry slowdown may not be your fault, but when it happens, it would be advisable to be proactive. For example, during the pandemic, healthcare-related workers were in high demand, and you could easily take a health and social care course to join the field. Therefore, you have the choice to move on to the next industry or find ways to be relevant in your current role.

Author: anwaryusef

Anwar Y. Dunbar is a Regulatory Scientist. Being a naturally curious person, he is also a student of all things. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor’s Degree in General Biology from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Prior to starting the Big Words Blog Site, Anwar published and contributed to numerous research articles in competitive scientific journals reporting on his research from graduate school and postdoctoral years. After falling in love with writing, he contributed to the now defunct Examiner.com, and the Edvocate where he regularly wrote about: Education-related stories/topics, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Financial Literacy; as well as conducted interviews with notable individuals such as actor and author Hill Harper. Having many influences, one of his most notable heroes is author, intellectual and speaker, Malcolm Gladwell, author of books including Outliers and David and Goliath. Anwar has his hands in many, many activities. In addition to writing, Anwar actively mentors youth, works to spread awareness of STEM careers, serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the David M. Brown Arlington Planetarium, serves as Treasurer for the JCSU Washington, DC Alumni Chapter, and is active in the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace Ministry at the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He also tutors in the subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. Along with his multi-talented older brother Amahl Dunbar (designer of the Big Words logos, inventor and a plethora of other things), Anwar is a “Fanboy” and really enjoys Science-Fiction and Superhero movies including but not restricted to Captain America Civil War, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Prometheus. He is a proud native of Buffalo, NY.