ERIC Number: ED438451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Surviving the Career Doldrums. Practice Application Brief No. 8.
Individuals who are bored or dissatisfied with their career or are feeling stalled or plateaued in their career, may be suffering from the career doldrums. Although career doldrums may be associated with certain life and career stages (for example, middle age or the stabilization stage of career development), they may also depend on how personally knowledge workers view their work and its meaning. Strategies for addressing career doldrums include the following: (1) seeking career counseling; (2) making a career move; (3) adjusting to the current situation; (4) finding fulfillment by developing outside interests; and (5) applying the happenstance theory (being open to the role played by chance in a career). Possible career moves include the following: (1) moving up (seeking a position with greater responsibility); (2) making a lateral move (investigating options providing greater satisfaction rather than advancement); (3) downshifting (finding a job with fewer responsibilities); and (4) changing careers (starting over in a completely new career). Individuals experiencing a midlife career plateau transition may benefit from asking themselves questions that are designed to provide insight into the types of strategies that will be most helpful in curbing their career doldrums. (MN)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Career Change, Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Education, Career Planning, Change Strategies, Decision Making, Job Satisfaction, Resource Materials, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Work Attitudes
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Center on Education and Training for Employment, College of Education, Ohio State University, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090. Tel: 800-848-4815 (Toll Free). For full text: http://ericacve.org/pab.asp.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.
Note: For the previous Brief, see CE 079 770.