In your career, and in your life, it never hurts to take a step back. It’s never a waste of time to take some time to evaluate your current position, no matter how much of a waste of time it may appear to be. It is never a bad thing to go back and do something that won’t necessarily provide you with any physical reward, but will educate or enrich you. It’s not a crime to go backwards, especially if you’ve been trying with all your might to go forward and have been failing to do so. Going backwards can provide you with everything you need to in fact go further forward in the long run.
Going back to education will boost your career two-fold. Going back to school will provide you with in-depth lessons that just can’t be learned in the world of work, but will help you in the world of work once you graduate. The best thing of all? You need not take any time off of work to achieve this. Today, it’s not all about lecturers, Powerpoint slides and textbooks. It’s not all about just studying and practicing. In this day and age, more and more universities and colleges are offering courses that both educate in regards to knowledge, and in regards to practical demands. And this is all done online. The Lean Manufacturing online degree provided by Kettering University, for instance, focuses on mechanical engineering as well as the practical application of its theory. And this is all done and focussed solely through the Internet.
Stepping back doesn’t just have to mean stepping back into education, however. It can also mean just taking a step back in order to take some time out and observe where you and where you are going in your career. Taking a step back in your career is okay if it means you are going to use the time you free up in doing so to try and distinguish who you are and what you want to do. In this time you should take some time to explore all possible avenues and paths in the career market. This needs to be done as you don’t want to reach old age and regret the fact that you devoted so much of your time to a job you hate just for the pay you received. So, take a step back in your career and take control of it whilst you still can, before it’s far too late to do so.
Taking a step forward in your career is circumstantial. It’s about the circumstances you find yourself in at a certain point in your life. And if your current circumstances are stopping you from progressing forward, why not change your circumstances by going backwards for a while? Going forward in your career can even be about merely being in the right place at the right time. But, you know what they say. You make your own luck in life. Maybe you can make your luck by stepping back a bit?
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