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Career Investment

Asked Ashburn, Virginia

What happens when you do not feel invested in your career how do you reinvest yourself? #career

2 answers

Amanda’s Answer

Updated San Jose, California

Hi there,

A lot of businesses now are offering tuition reimbursement - going back to school is not exactly a quick fix, but if a company you work for offers tuition reimbursement, it's definitely something to take advantage of, whether or not you are feeling burnt out. I am currently enrolled in grad school as my company offers to pay me back for classes I get good grades in that are somewhat relevant to this business. I am currently a project manager but am going back to school for professional writing. This diversifies my resume and lets me look into different areas of work in case I ever get bored with what I am currently doing. A lot of companies will also send you to short certification classes to enhance your skill set. Definitely look into any "extras" at your workplace and take advantage of them. Worst case, look into community school night classes, and you can chip away at a new experience, degree, or certification that way.

thank you so much for sharing

Jenn’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

Hi! This is a great question. I'm sure I haven't had as much work experience as some of the other professionals who could comment here, but I wanted to at least give you the start of an answer to your question, so I'll share a few thoughts and then I have a few links for you.

In my opinion, it really matters why you're feeling burnt out or uninvested. Is the workload too high? Is the company not a good fit for what you want? Is the career path not a good fit for you? Or is it related to personal stressors in your life (for example, if a relative is sick, you might not feel invested in your job as much because you're worried about his/her care). The answer to this question likely determines a solution. If the workload is too high, you might talk to your manager about reducing it or find better ways to prioritize. If the company is not a good fit, you might apply to other jobs in your field. If the career path is not a good fit, you might try to start a fresh path, either by going back to school or applying transferable skills to a job in a related field. If it's not related to work, you might let your manager know a little about what's going on (no details, just enough so he or she is aware that your life is getting extra stressful for the next few months or however long, or reduce your hours).

I'm going to refer you to a few links from askamanager.org, which I think is an amazing workplace blog. I'm doing this to give you more details on a few of these possibilities, and to show that this is a good question that other people have and will struggle with/ask about.

http://www.askamanager.org/2014/02/i-think-im-in-the-wrong-career-does-my-interviewer-expect-his-new-hire-to-fail-and-more.html (the first question) http://www.askamanager.org/2012/08/im-burned-out-at-work.html

thank you I will be sure to check out the link