College is just the start of your career journey — but even so, it’s not uncommon having moments where you start feeling stuck or uninspired. Whether you’re a recent grad looking for encouragement to keep growing your career, or you’re still interning and want to stay on your ‘A’ game, check out our suggestions on how to stay motivated during your career journey.
1. Subscribe to career podcasts and blogs.
A lot of career-related podcasts and blogs are dishing out fresh ideas for your career journey, offering plenty of advice for any obstacles or setbacks, and contributing relatable insights so that you always feel like there’s someone on your side. For those reasons, these are great go-to’s when you need a little career pick-me-up. Hit “subscribe” on your favorites and see what we mean!
2. Rework your work/life balance.
It doesn’t matter how much you love your career — balance is necessary. Make sure you’re getting enough time outside of work to completely decompress and spend time on things you love. If you’re constantly checking your work email while you’re at the dinner table, dreaming about an ongoing issue you’ve been facing at work, or even taking work home after you’ve already clocked out, it might be time to unplug for a bit. Burnout is the biggest motivation killer.
3. Attend a career seminar or networking event.
There’s something so motivating about environments where professionals can get together and bounce ideas off of one another. Sometimes our career journeys feel a little bit dull because we’re simply going through the same motions time and time again. Events like this often give you the tools to implement new ideas and create some exciting change, or just inspire you to work harder toward a goal.
4. Find ways to incorporate more of your passions.
You might not have landed your dream career just yet, but that doesn’t mean your passions and interests are out the door. Figure out if there’s a way to incorporate more of your interests into your work day. If anything, take up a side hustle or internship that focuses on areas you love, and use that as experience on your resume to help you start finding a role that better suits you.
5. Create small goals.
Having long-term career goals is great, but don’t neglect setting smaller goals as well. While bigger goals might take you months – or even years – to achieve, smaller goals have a closer finish line. Therefore, you’ll notice more career wins, and it’ll be easier hanging onto to that motivation to keep trying.
6. Celebrate your successes.
Feeling accomplished is the best motivator. Why slow down when you’re on a roll, right? Make sure you’re not brushing off any of your successes, no matter how small. These little accomplishments deserve to be recognized.
7. Let go of things you can’t control.
There’s a famous quote that goes, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” This definitely makes sense! Nobody’s career is 100% perfect, but that’s great motivation to work toward change. As for the little things you can’t change? Let them go. They’re only distracting you from the things you can control.