6 Ways for Mid-Career Professionals to Thrive


    Do you still remember your first day at work as a young professional, filled with excitement about your job? Many years and perhaps many companies later, do you still have that same energy and enthusiasm in what you do? Or are you less motivated as you approach at your mid-career?

    You may not be alone if you are feeling less engaged in your work as before. Turns out many people in their mid-career may also have a ‘mid-career crisis’. According to a study published by Gallup, the ratio of actively disengaged workers—those that are unhappy at work and act out their unhappiness—is highest among those aged 40-49. This negativity they exhibit is highly likely to spread to coworkers and undermine the company’s bottom line.

    So if you have lost that motivation at work, how do you get it back and still keep a thriving mid-career life? Here are 6 things you can do now:

    1. Add Challenge in Your Daily Routine

    You may have stayed in your job for a number of years, know exactly what to do at work, and feel that you have gained a lot of knowledge and expertise that make you a highly valued employee at the office. However, knowing exactly what you need to do, how to do it, and what results you can expect from it may also be the source of your job monotony and eventually lead to complacency and dissatisfaction with your career.

    A key to continue thriving in your mid-career is to always add challenges in your daily routine. For example, why not try to volunteer for tasks that may require new skills or give you the opportunity to use your current skills in new ways. Ask if you can lead a team of interns for you to gain some managerial experience, or ask if you can be assigned to a special project where you can contribute your skills.

    Finding challenges in your work will not only make your days more interesting, but will also help you grow as an employee. In fact, if you are proactive in doing different tasks outside your job description, you might even get a raise without asking!

    2. Continue Learning

    Another way to ensure that you’ll continue to grow as an employee in your mid-career is to keep learning and acquiring new knowledge and skills adding to your current abilities and know-how. By constantly investing in yourself, you are taking responsibility for your own career development not only at the beginning, but also throughout your mid and late career stages.

    Get more information on why you need to upgrade your skills today.

    3. Find Meaning In Your Current Role

    If you are feeling unmotivated at work, why not make a list to identify meaningful or rewarding aspects of your job? What tasks make you feel fulfilled or what things in your work are connected to a cause that matters to you?

    Once you find the tasks that motivate and give you the purpose, try to incorporate more of those in your daily routine. You can also talk to your manager or supervisor about ways on how you can do more of the tasks that give you a sense of purpose. If you are happy with what you do, you will also be more productive.

    Find out more about the importance of wellbeing in the office now.

    4. Set Attainable Goals

    It’s important to look back and reflect on what you have achieved in your career; examine where you are now and what your skills and strengths are; and ask yourself what else you want to do and where you want to be in the future. By reflecting and asking these questions, you can create attainable career goals.

    Learn more about SMART Goal setting to improve your career and personal productivity today.

    5. Switch Roles or Different Department Within Your Company

    If it’s difficult to find anything engaging in your current position, why not consider a switch in change in your job role within the company? Some employees would often think about finding a new company to work at or shifting to a totally different sector during their mid-career. Before you go down this path, read our post on changing careers.

    Instead of quitting your current company immediately, you can try out a different role in other departments first. Think carefully about the changes you want, what you are looking for in your new job, and if you are willing to make the necessary adjustments to be successful in that new position.

    6. Develop Good Relationships

    Finally, we need to stress that having a successful mid-career life is not only about achievements and an interesting job role. It’s also equally important to continue developing good relationships with your colleagues because the more connected you feel with others in the workplace, the happier and more satisfied you’ll likely feel about your job.

    Some simple ways to develop and maintain good relationships are to show appreciation when a coworker helps you; give credit where credit is due; and offer your skills or assistance in situations where you really think you can contribute.

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