It's now almost the end of September and autumn is well and truly here, with the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder.
Some people relish this, but for others, it can feel quite negative. Summer holidays seem a long time ago and the Christmas holidays are still a distant prospect. This time of year can also accentuate any gloomy feelings about work, with stresses and even boredom perhaps making their presence felt more than during the summer months.
If you're feeling the back-to-work-after-summer blues, then you aren't alone. There is typically a sudden spike in jobseeking at this time of year as people become impatient with their lot and suspect the grass is greener elsewhere. Many Britons begin updating their CVs and checking out vacancies in the lull before the festive season starts to approach.
Feeling tired of your job might simply be a case of you being in a seasonal rut that you'll emerge from in a week or two. However, if you're sure that you're well and truly fed up and you're ready to seek out a new challenge, then we've put together a few pieces of advice that could help you make the transition towards a renewed sense of fulfilment.
It's not all about the money
Most people would prefer to have a little more cash in their pockets and it can be tempting to simply look for all of the jobs that are on a higher pay scale than your own, whether you're applying for a job in pharmacy, physiotherapy or any other field.
However, this isn't generally the best way to achieve career happiness. Instead, carefully read the job descriptions and look for opportunities for professional growth, fresh challenges and development of your skills. It is these qualities that are likely to ensure you don't start feeling the blues again within a short space of time.
Review your goals
Most professionals will have some sort of idea concerning their career goals and aspirations. Perhaps you even have a one or five-year plan that details where you'd like to be in the future in terms of the company you work for or the role you're playing.
If this is the case, then it's time to review it. Go over what you've said and update it for how you're feeling now, then compare it with some of the jobs that are available. Do they correspond well with each other? If not, then the jobs might not be the best fit for you, regardless of how dazzling they sound.
Don't forget SMEs
Many of the big pharmaceutical and therapy-related companies might be posting jobs at the moment and perhaps it has been your ambition to work for some of them for as long as you can remember.
If this is the case, then great - go for it. But don't forget that some smaller companies you might never have heard of could also have excellent opportunities on offer. What's more, they may be able to offer you a more challenging and diverse career simply because they have fewer employees. Don't eliminate them from your job search.
Social media is handy for catching up with your friends, but it is also a vital tool for boosting your career, so make the most of it. If you've got some companies in mind that you'd like to apply to, connect with them on portals like LinkedIn and follow them on Twitter.
You'll be able to get an insight into their brand and culture, glean useful ideas should you get an interview and see whether they really would be a good fit for you as an employee.
It's also a good idea to look at your friends differently, particularly if they work in similar fields to your own. Have a look at their job titles, where they trained and what type of things they are doing with regard to their careers. If you keep seeing someone popping up in your news feed that you feel career envy towards, message them privately and ask them how they got to where they are.
Most people are likely to be willing to offer some advice and answer your questions, so don't feel embarrassed to ask.
Finally, although you're likely to have undergone extensive training already if you work in the pharmaceutical or therapy industries, there's always something you can do to boost your CV and make yourself more appealing to prospective employers.
Can you read up on the latest research, write a scientific article for a trade magazine or take a course at a local university? Any of these things could help you to stand out from the competition and even get you out of the doldrums while you seek out something new.
Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to assist you with your job search and ensure you leave the autumn blues well behind as soon as possible.