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Stuck in a career rut? 6 quick exercises to help you find your way and flourish

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Are you yearning for the next challenge but unsure what that might be? You’re not alone. Over half (52%) of attendees on our webinar Uncover your working identity described themselves as “dissatisfied with the professional status quo”.

If you’ve been languishing in this territory too long, it’s easy to start feeling stuck, demotivated and under pressure to answer those big career questions: What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? Pippa Isbell’s quick exercises will move you towards an...

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Are you yearning for the next challenge but unsure what that might be? You’re not alone. Over half (52%) of attendees on our webinar Uncover your working identity described themselves as “dissatisfied with the professional status quo”.

If you’ve been languishing in this territory too long, it’s easy to start feeling stuck, demotivated and under pressure to answer those big career questions: What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? Pippa Isbell’s quick exercises will move you towards an answer.

 

EXERCISE 1: WHO AM I RIGHT NOW?

To understand who you want to become, it’s necessary to take a black and white view of who you are right now. Take a bunch of post-it notes and on each one, write a role you play in your current life.

Think granular: beyond your job title and core duties, what are the various duties you perform on a day to day basis - supporter to a colleague who’s struggling, go-to person on a particular area of business data, mentor to a new graduate, unofficial PA to your line manager? Create an exhaustive list.

Go beyond the workplace too. “You can’t do this exercise without taking a holistic approach,” cautions everywomanNetwork expert Pippa Isbell. “You need to look at who you are at home, at work, and in any other circumstances in your life.”

Once all your post-in notes are up on a wall in front of you, take stock. What is this picture telling you about who you are right now? If you could wave a magic wand, which items wouldn’t be up there, which would be different, and which are missing altogether? Now think practicalities: in the absence of a magic wand, what strategies or resources can you put in place to get the picture...