MT agony uncle Jeremy Bullmore

I feel stuck in my career

I love my job but feel I'm stuck in a rut. How can I get out of it?

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013

Q: I feel stuck in my career. I love my job and my profession - and the people I work with - but I really don't know what to do next. Should I find a sponsor to help me? Should I see a headhunter? I'm scared the economic climate is so bad that I shouldn't rock the boat.

JEREMY SAYS: I sometimes feel that a formless fear of the economic climate is doing a lot more damage that the economic climate itself.

You've got a profession you love, a job you love and agreeable people to work with. All professions allow for internal progression: that's one of a profession's defining features. So I'm not at all certain why you feel stuck or why you're fretting about what to do next. Do what you're lucky enough to be doing already; do it supremely well; keep learning: and your future will take care of itself.

Jeremy Bullmore is a former creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London. His book Another Bad Day at the Office? is published by Penguin at £6.99. Got a problem? Email Jeremy at editorial@managementtoday.com.

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