3 Tips on Overcoming Career Setbacks

Discouraged after a career setback? It's normal, but here are some tips to set things back on track.

Consider the following work-related scenarios.

You've just received a less-than-flattering performance review, and your face is still flushed with embarrassment: Your career has taken a detour.

You were sure you had the promotion in the bag, but your boss overlooked you completely and gave it to someone else: Your career has reached a standstill. You've been retrenched: Your career has crashed.

Now what? Well, whether or not you can overcome career setbacks really depends on you.

We all want to love what we do but sometimes unforeseen circumstances like those above can derail our career. How quickly you get back on track depends largely on how you handle the aftermath of the situation.

Let's take a look at how you can recover from a career setback and go on to enjoy a rewarding career:

Give yourself a grace period
Allow yourself a sufficient amount of time to deal with any anger or resentment when suffering from professional disappointment. Wait until those feelings have subsided before deciding how to move on. Being able to look at the situation objectively can help you make more rational decisions about your future. Recalling those times when your job has been richly rewarded is also helpful to make balanced decisions.

Own up to your mistakes
Looking for a scapegoat to blame instead of focusing on your own failings will hurt you most in the long run. Be honest with yourself about what you could have done differently to achieve a more positive outcome. For example, were there issues you failed to address? Exactly when did things go wrong? A tough experience can be turned into a positive one if you are able to learn from your mistakes rather than repeating them.

Take back the reins
You have no control over what's already happened, but you're in the driver's seat in terms of what happens next. Ask yourself what you need to do to be successful the next time around. For example, a possible reason why you were passed over for a promotion was because you lacked the necessary qualifications. Consider taking classes or working with a mentor to improve your skill sets. This can make you a more viable candidate when another opportunity presents itself.

Successful professionals love what they do, however, most will probably have a tale or two to tell about the challenges or career setbacks they suffered at some stage. Their stories certainly don't end there, and yours shouldn't have to either. In the end, perhaps a sparkling career after overcoming all these obstacles is more rewarding than a smooth ride to the top.

Make your days count when you love what you do.

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