Make the most out of your stepping stone job

Are you in a stepping stone job right now?

We’ve all had them. A stepping stone job (or several) is necessary to gain experience and knowledge on the way to your desired career. If you find yourself in a stepping stone position, it is best to get everything you can out of it before you move on. Don’t forget to have fun along the way, too. Life is about the journey, not the destination, after all.

Melissa Thompson recently wrote an article for outlining 6 Ways to Boost Your Career Even If You Hate Your Job.

Hopefully you don’t “hate” your stepping stone jobs, but rather recognize them for what they are and make the most of them. Thompson’s advice still applies whether you are enjoying your current position or have launched a new job search.

Either way, here are 6 things that will help:

  1. Make friends. Even if you don’t plan on staying long, work is always more enjoyable if you like the people you spend the majority of your time with.
  2. Find your niche. Find a way to incorporate your passions into your work.
  3. Have an outlet. A regular hobby or activity can leave you with a more positive attitude when working towards your goal, especially while at a less than stellar job
  4. Set small goals. I’ve said this before in other posts, but celebrating victories (even small ones) improves motivation and reduces procrastination.  Go ahead, reward yourself for cleaning out that inbox.
  5. Weigh the Pros and Cons. If the cons far outweigh the pros, it may be time to consider looking for another position if you’re not yet at the point of getting your dream position.
  6. Don’t lose sight of your goals. And don’t give up. Remember, every job has an impact on your career and your resume. You are gaining valuable insight here as you work toward where you truly want to be.

No one lands their dream job the first day they figure out what that job is. You have to work for it and usually means a position that is less than ideal. It’s all part of the process. If you can enjoy the journey it will be much, much easier.

How do you stay motivated at work? Let us know!

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