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3 Career Ruts and Solutions

My latest Career Column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is now live! Below is an excerpt, but you can read the whole article here. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and what topics you’d like me to cover in the future.

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So often I talk with people who tell me they have not been happy in their career for many years. They have learned to cope with a job that doesn’t excite them. It’s great to have developed a skill that enables you to manage difficulties in job duties or to cope with poor leadership. However, if this has become a way of job survival, then you may be caught in web that you have created. You may be searching on company websites for openings. But, the thought of leaving your current position can sometimes be overwhelming!

At times, we can get stuck in a rut. It’s like being on a road trip that will take you days to get to your dream destination. You stop at a small country town to grab a quick bite. But while you are there, an unexpected snowstorm comes along and you are paralyzed and can go no farther. In fact, a day later as the weather breaks, you are tempted to stay and make the best of it. But, you decide to give it a try one more time, only to find that you have followed the storm and find yourself stuck again. Little did you know that if you had driven north you would have gotten to your dream destination!

As you are driving your career, you may find that you run into what I call “career ruts.” Here are three career ruts that many of us have had to overcome or dig our way out of. 

Read the whole article at STLToday.com.