Excerpt from the Wall Street Journal: August 6, 2002 By Kris Maher.

The Jungle: Dead End Job.

... In some cases, a power shift or other change at a company can close off suddenly an avenue you planned to pursue. Sarah Nelson resigned as a marketing director with a large accounting firm in July 2001 because a restructuring and subsequent shift of responsibilities among partners put her own career plans on hold for six months.

“My signal was the high degree of chaos in our practice group,” says Ms. Nelson, who after a brief stint at another firm is searching for a new marketing position.

But not all warning signs can be attributed to external circumstances, experts say. Often people have outgrown the challenges of a particular position, no longer feel that their values are aligned with an industry or they find they can't express themselves fully in their job. “A job can be a dead end even when you're successful”, says Judith Gerberg, a New York career counselor.

Many career coaches suggest it isn't such a bad thing to hit a career wall. On a whole, they recommend a period of dedicated self-evaluation before you decide on your next move. Meanwhile, work your hardest to keep your current job secure.

Ms. Gerberg recommends learning whatever you can from your present work environment while making small changes in your life to regain the momentum required for a job switch. “You have to go into training as if you were getting ready for a big sports event,” she says.

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