The mid-career plateau is often marked by feelings of stagnation. However, with introspection and strategy, this period can be a springboard to renewed career vigor, writes Caroline Ceniza-Levine for Forbes.
Central to overcoming this plateau is understanding one’s career aspirations. Is it a leadership role, challenging projects, or a better work-life balance? Identifying these goals lays the foundation for a career roadmap.
A candid self-assessment is the next step. Recognizing areas of improvement, whether technical skills or soft skills, is crucial. Feedback from peers and superiors can be invaluable.
Building relationships with supervisors unlocks growth opportunities. Engaging them in discussions about aspirations can lead to new avenues. They often hold the keys to growth within the organization.
Beyond immediate supervisors, the broader organizational ecosystem is a treasure trove. Training programs, workshops, and affinity groups offer knowledge and networking opportunities that can be pivotal in breaking the plateau.
A robust professional network is another asset. Genuine connections can lead to collaborations, mentorships, and job leads. It’s about forging relationships that can provide opportunities.
Continuous learning is non-negotiable. In our fast-paced world, updating skills can give professionals a competitive edge. This could be through courses, certifications, or even industry-specific seminars.
For some, a side gig can offer a fresh perspective, allowing them to diversify their experience and skills. If the current organization’s opportunities no longer resonate, it might be time to explore new avenues.
With the right approach, the mid-career plateau can set the stage for an exciting career chapter.
For more strategies to navigate the mid-career challenges, visit Forbes.
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