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Midcareer Malaise: How to Refocus and Reenergize

You’ve been in your job for years. The initial energy has waned and retirement still feels eons away. Longevity in a career or institution is something to be proud of, but can lead to a case of the workplace doldrums. Here are some ideas of ways to get out of your rut:

  1. Inventory. Spend some time journaling on the career progress you’ve made, milestones you’ve hit, and proficiencies gained. Set goals for what you’d like to accomplish in the future. Sometimes understanding a broader perspective can infuse your work with meaning.

  2. Write. Your experience has given you valuable insight that you can share with others. Consider writing an article that you could pitch to a trade publication, or starting a blog.

  3. Mentor. Share your experience with a young professional by taking on an intern or joining a mentorship program. Through explaining the ins and outs of your field you will not only benefit them, but be reminded of why you loved it in the first place.

  4. Network. Taking time away from your regular routines and coworkers for networking can keep things fresh while strengthening your network. Reach out to connections within and out of your field. This can benefit you in the present, and when it’s time for your next job change.

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