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Career stagnation - how to overcome it?
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Typical scenario - "nothing is working at the moment, management is unconcerned, career graph shows a constant flat line, no change in role, no role exists beyond current role, meetings without any conclusion, demotivated team"

How to beat career stagnation and move on? What are some best practices to follow? Please share your thoughts!
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What about moving to another company?
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What about increasing your network contacts and using Social Media more effectively?
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Anupam -

Few suggestions would be

1. Start learning something new (technology, Business, Management...) and try to explore opportunities in your organisation on these new areas.
2. Make more connections & explore better opportunities
3. If you are concerned about your demotivated team, try to take challenging Change Agent roles in your organisation and bring in changes for everyone
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Two options:
Take a step back and think about what direction your career can go in. Think seriously about this. You may be on one path, but a slight shift in a different path may be in order.

Then research what you need to know to get there. Look at job openings for the job you want. What are they requiring that you do not have? Is there some training that would be beneficial? Is there some experience that you can get at your current position that can prepare you for a new position.

Start doing what you need to do to be prepared for the desired job. The prep itself can be very inspiring.

Once you are confident, start searching for a new job.

Second option:
Force change at current company. Be assertive and loud. Work with management. Tell them things need to change. Volunteer to do whatever it takes. Redefine your role to be what it needs to be. Be vocal in meetings and become a facilitator to make sure the meetings move and action items are defined. Step up and ask why nothing is working. Take on the QA role if needed.

Will you get a lot of push back? Of course you will. Are there limits to what you can do? Probably, but push them as hard as you can. Be nice about it but stern.

One of 2 things will happen. You will get knocked down and "put in your place" or you will inspire change.

I have actually done both of these options (at the same time).
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I like Dinah suggestion,,,,sometimes steeping back help us to think about what we want to be/do...

Think about the day that you'll retire, and you'll put all your stuff in a box...where you want to see yourself? in a CIO office? As a portfolio manger? as a chef?

Use this opportunity to think about what do you want and how you can accomplish it!
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May I hi-jack this thread to bring up a related matter.

What is the preferred manner to "sell" a PM CV? Shall it emphasize the obvious (PM functions), the benefit that the project has brought about to the organization, the soft skills...?

Linking it to the original question, perhaps the way that a PM sells itself could be a way out of an "stagnant" career.
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Aug 21, 2018 5:38 PM
Andrew Craig
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If you think of what the role of project manager means, we think of both strategic and tactical work. But if a CV is all bullets around typical PM responsibilities (tactical), what about the individual is conveyed to the employer? Nothing memorable.

Showcase the value brought to the organization by your contributions. Create a story of achievements and career path. Provide insight into what possibilities and opportunities you will bring, not simply what you have done.
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Assuming you've been at your job for 2 years, interview elsewhere even if you don't want to move. The act of interviewing (and bombing certain interviews) will expose holes in your knowledge, which you'll have to fill, and then your career won't be stagnating :-)

If you've been at your current company for 5 years, absolutely move. If I'd have stayed at any given company for much longer i'd have stagnated too. You'll learn a different company culture, different skills, etc.

Personally, even before I had my own consulting biz, I'd "interview" every 2ish years, to identify those holes. I never went 9 months without updating my resume. Once I even explicitly told my buddy that I wanted a mock & informational interview as I just wanted to brush up, went in to talk to him, he pulled the exec in, and I walked out with an offer for 45% more money and a far more strategic PM role.

Then again, another time I walked into an interview, was all but utterly humiliated at my inability to answer questions. I spent the next year beefing up those skills, and making sure that never happened again.
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We should never get to a point of stagnation. It's not good for the soul :)

With too much comfortability comes complacency, leading to stagnation. Keep yourself fresh and motivated with courses, certifications, and reaching for new roles/responsibilities to grow your career. Don't be afraid to make it known your interest in growth opportunities. Don't make assumptions others will simply 'know'. Be clear, but of course, not demanding. Not always will the opportunity be available within the current setting. Open yourself up to opportunities outside, interview, learn more about what is out there. Simply marketing yourself is a motivator. Once external conversations begin, the haze lifts away and the light begins to shine through!
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Aug 21, 2018 10:50 AM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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May I hi-jack this thread to bring up a related matter.

What is the preferred manner to "sell" a PM CV? Shall it emphasize the obvious (PM functions), the benefit that the project has brought about to the organization, the soft skills...?

Linking it to the original question, perhaps the way that a PM sells itself could be a way out of an "stagnant" career.
If you think of what the role of project manager means, we think of both strategic and tactical work. But if a CV is all bullets around typical PM responsibilities (tactical), what about the individual is conveyed to the employer? Nothing memorable.

Showcase the value brought to the organization by your contributions. Create a story of achievements and career path. Provide insight into what possibilities and opportunities you will bring, not simply what you have done.
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I concur with my colleagues here.
You also might benefit from a 360-degree assessment for leaders. Without becoming defensive, you may want to re-read your performance evaluation for not promoting you into next-level jobs.
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