Six years ago, John was looking for a job as a graphic designer. We helped him get a job with one of the leading media houses in the country.

Two months after he got the job, he sent us an email.

He was loving his new job, and his supervisors were pleased with his work.

The following year, he sent another email. He had been selected as the employer of the year, and other firms had tried recruiting him.

Earlier this month, we met with John. He asked if he could buy me coffee as we caught up over the years.

When I asked him how his job was, he frowned as he started narrating.

He is still at the media house. However, he no longer has the excitement for work.

He shared he no longer feels challenged. Everything is within manageable levels, in years, he hasn’t gotten a challenging task.

“Sometimes I leave work at midnight. There’s a lot of work, but none of it is exciting. I know not every angle of the job should be exciting, but the job had a thrill when I joined, now, it’s all one boring blur.” John said.

What he is going through is not unique.

Career stagnation happens to many professionals, and most times, it comes in an instant.

The perks that came with your job could have stopped you from looking any further.

However, years down the lane, you might suddenly realize you are fairly frustrated doing a job that you don’t like or got bored of, that does not take you anywhere in your career.

Rather than regret at a later stage in your career, when it will be near impossible to change gears and shift career paths, continuous monitoring and skill development would be the wiser choice to make.

There are ways to pick yourself up out of this professional rut and get your career back into an upswing.

Staying current and staying ahead are things to remember in order to get what you want in a fast-pacing job market that places a huge value on skill-sets.

Here are some top tips for you: