My first job after graduating from college was in investment banking. I still remember the excitement of meeting my fellow analyst class, learning Excel shortcuts, and seeing my first big deal announced. But after a handful of very late nights and missed dinners with friends, it was getting harder for me to find excitement in those little things.
The feeling is not atypical, and quitting doesn’t have to be the only option! Here are a few tips to spark your passion again at work:
1. Have informational interviews
Maybe it’s a student from your alma mater looking to break into the industry or a junior colleague who wants to get to know you better. When someone expresses an interest in you, it is flattering! Talking about the career decisions you made helps you remember your passion, why you decided to pursue this path, and serves as a bit of a pep talk for yourself. Seeing someone want to follow in your footsteps makes you want to serve as a role model and help them get there, too.
Most people say that the best part of their job is the people they work with. By getting to know your co-workers better, you’ll feel more engaged in your job because you’ll have friends at work. Aside from your colleagues, network with people at your company that you admire. Hearing more about their path and how they got to where they are is inspiring. When you expand your network outside of your peers, your new mentors are invested in your career and success.
3. Set goals for yourself
Everyone these days is so focused on five and 10-year plans, when it is really those short term goals that help us get there. When was the last time you put together a six-month or one-year list of attainable goals for yourself professionally? The goals can even be some of the tips listed here, like networking with others twice a month, or checking in informally with your manager every three months. When you are focused on attainable goals, you approach every day as one step closer to crossing that goal off your list.
4. Ask for more responsibility or work on an extra project
Is there someone on your team that you’ve always wanted the opportunity to work with? Or are you itching to stretch yourself and take on more responsibility?
New chances to prove yourself are great opportunities to get excited about your job and feel reinforced that your company wants to invest in your career growth.
What are some ways you’ve found to help you stay passionate about your work? Share them in the comments below.
Ask Levo Mentor Jessica C. Lee, Founder + CEO at Modern Citizen, how she stays motivated at work!