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Does Every Workday Feel Like “Groundhog Day”? 5 Tips to Kick-Start Your Career

January 31, 2017 by Karen Grossman |

Photo of Ground Hog coming out of hole in the snowIt feels like your work life is stuck on repeat. You’re doing the same tasks over andover. Your career has hit a dead end.

It may feel like your career is 1993’s “Groundhog Day” movie reincarnated, but it doesn’t have to take you as long as Bill Murray’s Phil the weatherman to figure out how to change course. You have options. Going back to school can help get your career moving again.

Here are 5 tips to give your career the kick-start it needs: 

  1. Decide whether your career needs a complete change or just a boost.

    Think about why you want a change in your career. Would a new job fix the funk or are you in a position that truly leads nowhere? Do you have the degree and job experience to get the job you want? A graduate certificate or graduate degree may help update your skills. Check out the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for requirements for a new career. You’ll find specific information like work environment, education and training, pay, and job outlook.
  1. Evaluate your skills.

    Your current job may feel like a “Groundhog Day” loop, but you are learning from it. Define the skills and experiences you can apply to a new career, such as communications, budget management, leadership, or mentoring. Ask a colleague to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. Are you capable of leading a project or do you shy away from commanding a room? Identify what needs work or maybe you’ll find you already have the foundation for another career. 
  1. Talk to people in your field of interest.

    Think about fields that interest you and get an honest perspective from someone with on-the-job experience. Find out what skills are needed, what a day on the job is like, and whether there’s room for advancement. For specific questions about a degree program you’re interested in, contact the program’s advisor.
  1. See if online learning is right for you.

    You may have a job, a family, and other big commitments, but the flexibility of online learning can make going back to college a realistic option. If online courses are new to you, see if that style of learning is a good fit with UNCG’s Ready to Learn. See if your technology abilities and study habits will help you succeed.
  1. Decide if a new degree makes sense for you.

    Many programs are now offered online with choices that fit many different needs—undergraduate, graduate, and graduate certificates. Take a look at UNCG’s many online courses.
  • If your undergraduate degree doesn’t fit the new career choice you have in mind, a graduate certificate is a great way to develop specialized knowledge in a field. It also allows you to try out a program and decide whether you want to pursue a graduate degree later. And earned credits may go toward that master’s program.

  • You may already have an undergraduate degree as well as job experience. Maybe a graduate degree will give you the credentials to get that promotion or new career you’re dreaming of. UNCG offers many online graduate degrees. With flexible time and affordable options, you’ll find it’s not as hard as you think to fit completing a degree into your work and family life.

 

Ready to learn more? See what online programs UNCG has to offer.

 

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