Here’s the thing about jobs: It’s hard to find one that you really love – unless you’re one of the CLEO Change Makers whose passion for what they’re doing left us impressed. But for most of us, it’s a different story. The good news is, it’s not too late to take charge and change your life.

Career experts say it’s perfectly normal to hate your job, especially if you’ve been at it for several years. Don’t take this discontentment as a reason to quit; instead, recognise that these feelings of boredom and of being overwhelmed are signs that your duties have become routine and monotonous.

“If your role hasn’t changed much over the last few years, that means you’re not doing anything new. You may feel like there’s no room left for you to grow and that you’re caught in a rut. This is not surprising, because it’s likely that the part of your brain that looks forward to things has become desensitised,” explains Alka Chandiramani, a global mobility specialist and career coach at Alvo Connexions.

Bosses, colleagues and ongoing company changes may also contribute to your anxiety, but if these are not the main reasons behind your job resentment, then you may be experiencing the boredom of routine, says Paul Heng, founder and managing director of Next Corporate Coaching Services.

However, regaining those positive feelings is not impossible. Try these expert tips that may just help you rekindle the joy you used to feel
at work.

  1. Create a new career “road map”
    If you feel like you’ve moved beyond your learning curve, try setting new work goals. “Chart out a new career path for yourself for the next one or two years, within the same department or company. The more you have to work towards, the more motivated and excited you will feel in your job,” says Alka. Moving up the ranks within your company may not be possible, especially if you’re already in a senior position. If that’s the case, Alka suggests setting goals that can help you move laterally. “Talk to your boss about transferring to a different department if there are other aspects of the industry you are interested in. You’d have different responsibilities and challenges, and be on a whole new learning curve. These changes will help drive you and get you excited about the job again.”

  2. Take on new responsibilities
    Once you’ve become an expert in a specific area, your job may no longer feel challenging. Paul suggests asking your boss for extra responsibilities, perhaps trading in some of your current duties for new ones, or adding on new duties. This allows you to pick up new skills and knowledge, which may reignite your passion for the job.

  3. Do things differently
    If you’re not keen on setting new career goals, making a lateral move or accepting a new set of responsibilities, find ways to change how you perform your current duties. “Compile a list of your main responsibilities and how you are carrying them out,” says Paul. “Then, think of ways to enhance or even change how you do them.” For example, instead of relying on the same old methods of bringing in sales revenue, explore alternative strategies. “Perhaps you’ve always achieved your sales targets by speaking with clients over the phone or doing presentations at their office. Switch things up by making these meetings more fun or more personal,” Paul explains. “Turn your next sales presentation into a more chilled-out affair and bring in speakers who can help make the presentation more interesting. There are so many ways to approach the task. And you might even bring in more revenue. More importantly, your job will start to be more enjoyable as it feels new again,” he adds.

  4. Become a mentor or trainer
    Sharing your knowledge and expertise is another way, says Alka. Speak to your boss about starting a training programme, or if your company already has such a programme, volunteer to be a trainer or presenter. Or mentor the junior staff in your department. “By helping the younger or less experienced staff with their duties, offering advice and motivating them with their career goals, you will gain a new appreciation for what you do and feel more fulfilled in your role,” Alka says.

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Text: Sasha Gonzalez / Simply Her July 2015
Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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