If you open up this article, maybe you haven’t outgrown of your job but you’re not sure. Here’s where I come in and help you. There is a difference between whether you have outgrown your job or you are bored with your job.

I have collated a list of questions for you to ask yourself if that is the problem:

child-164317_6401. More, more, more…
Do you feel that you can do a lot more in your current state? A lot of times when we felt that we have mastered the job, we basically can finished the tasks with one eye open. There is not a lot of challenge to that. In that case, will it helps if you take on a new project in your company? Maybe you’re a business analyst and running through the numbers daily takes half of your day instead of the usual full day, pick on a project that differs from your field, like planning a department event or ask to coach someone who can cover you in your absence.

colleagues-437019_6402. You spend more time chatting with others than at your own desk
You are so efficient in your daily work that you have plenty of time left in your hands and you are watching the world go by outside your window. You envy your fellow colleagues rushing to meetings or hammering their keyboard to complete their deadlines. Perhaps you can jump in and lend a hand? This way, you can make use of the time on your hands to learn something new from your colleagues and they will appreciate that you are helping them.

waiting-410328_6403. You are dying to knock off
Every now and then, we will be watching the time on our laptop for it to strike six so that we can pack up and go home. Or you daydream about doing their dream job once too often. If you are doing it almost everyday, that is not a good thing. Take that time and review that day’s tasks, could there be something you could have done better before submitting? Perhaps you can make sure there is no typo error in the report before you click send or is there a better way to illustrate your point in your PowerPoint slides?

4. Honing your swordhermann-memorial-580624_640
You are an expert in what you do and that’s what your company is paying you for. So good that you have completed all your tasks in half the time. Take a step back and see how you can be more innovative in your work, think up on creative ways to improve even further. Whether it is the way processes works or your presentation skills, there is always room for improvement. Remember, businesses always evolve so does your customers. So staying stagnant doesn’t help you or your company.

baby-84626_6405. Pick up something new
Learn something new pertaining to your role. It can be a new language that will help should one day your company decide to break into a new market. Or enhance what you already know. If you are in a marketing field, read up on new ways to market, catch up on articles that written about your field. If you are in Human Resource, look at new software perhaps you can introduce to make your department more efficient or find out what are the latest avenues for recruitment. This way you can let your management know that you have taken time to hone yourself in the benefit of the company and you can put that in your yearly appraisal too.

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 1.28.27 am6. Explore external learning
If you are working in a bigger firm, check with your HR if you can be reimbursed for classes related to your role. If you are in a smaller company, ask your boss if it is something he can consider as an investment on you. If you are as good as you think, chances are he or she will agree to it. It doesn’t have to be classes during your own time, there are plenty of seminars and online courses that you can do during your work period.

7. You jump, I jump
If you have done all that above, I think it is the right time to ask for a promotion or a transfer to a different position. It can be a rotational role within the same department. This way you can bring new skills and fresher outlook to the new team you just joined and also back into your job when you completed your rotational role.

With the economy these days, companies will be pleased that you want to learn more and upgrade yourself. This will make you less likely to be dispensable too.

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18 replies on “Have you outgrown your job?

  1. The question you posed is very interesting, and I suppose the answer depends on where we are at in our lives. For some of us who pride on doing varied tasks on the job so as to constantly learn and improve new skills, we might be inclined to take on new roles and ask for promotions as you suggested. However, not all of us will be able to land our dream job and at times we take a job just for the sake of paying the bills – though we feel bored on the job all the time. And after having a repetitive “easy” day at work, we have the rest of the day – or night – to do what we truly love.

    That said, I believe that if we love our job, the more positive our life will be 🙂

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    1. I agree with you. But I also considered those who are at the extreme ends who totally hate their job, drag their feet to work every single day but yet have the means to leave and find something new. I do understand everyone has a need to put food on the table but that doesn’t withhold the means to actively keeping an eye open out for opportunities. I have many friends who have great potentials in doing what they love to do but yet refused to jump at opportunities where they can explore their passion (not because of money, in fact usually the opportunity pays more) but because they are too complacent in where they are and usually they fail to recognise that they have outgrowth their current job. So they slog at their work, complain to anyone who will listen and blame it on their fortune (or heavens) when they see others more successful than they should be. Anyways, its good for you to visit my website!! Welcome to MiddleMe! 🙂


      1. Over the last few years, I’ve been in jobs that I really disliked and dreaded going to work each morning. A full-time job takes up a considerably chunk of our lives, and I believe that if we dislike it, the negativity will flow into other aspects of our lives.

        Opportunities come and go in the job market. Being comfortable in a job is one thing – there is predictability in the midst of routine. However, the more we keep learning on the job, the more we put ourselves in a position to seize these opportunities and move forward in our career 🙂

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        1. Well said, Mabel! I think doing a job that amount to dislike is really a waste of time and talent that could be better used elsewhere. I never used to believe in that when I was just entering the workforce and day after day after day, everyone just tell me ‘its just a job’ until someone actually shown me I can control what I want to do, I started delve deep into myself and in long story short, I found myself enjoying the last few jobs I have, so much so I didn’t want to go home after work each day!!

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  2. Good set of questions! I am currently stuck in a crossroad and I would need to answer your questions as honestly as I can. However, I would like to know your thoughts/advice when its the people you work with that is giving you a hard time.

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    1. First of all, thank you for reading my articles. I am sorry to hear that you are stuck in a crossroad. You can refer to this article and see if can help you with your situation: https://middleme.net/2015/08/24/resolving-conflicts/
      Alternatively, you can drop me an email at kally@MiddleMe.net describing your situation and let’s see if I can tailored my advice to what you are facing now.
      I do hope that you will come out of this situation happy. Wishing you all the best!!


      1. Hi Kally! I just read your article and as usual you have great tips. Unfortunately it doesn’t cover my dilemma (although I used some of your other tips in handling my situation). I’ll try and drop an email (maybe this weekend) and see how you’ll handle my “issue.” I’d love to see how you’d handle it. Thank you! 🙂

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