How to avoid career stagnation (hint: it’s not quitting your job!)

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You’ve been working in your field for over ten years, and have built a skill set that serves you well in your current role. You could, foreseeably, continue at the same level until you retire. But the current climate of economic uncertainty, and a creeping suspicion that you’re operating under your potential, makes you wonder if you should try to do more. But what’s that “more”, and how can you bridge the gap between your current professional experience and the career you really want?

Stagnation, and finding a realistic way out of it, is a key concern for many career professionals at the moment. It may be one of the drivers of a social trend started in 2021 called “The Great Resignation” where a historic rate of workers are quitting their jobs. Though the term originated in the United States, it is not an exclusively American
trend. In fact, a recent Microsoft survey shows that 41% of workers globally are considering leaving their current positions.

A time to upskill

Though professional stagnation is real, quitting may not be an option for many. Another, often more viable option, is to upskill while continuing to work. That training can then act as a launch pad to either a new career or a better job. One way to achieve this type of career advancement support is through an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program.

The EMBA difference

An EMBA program is designed for working professionals with at least ten years of experience who are looking for career support that molds to their schedule and adapts to their current knowledge base.

Flexibility is a key theme of an EMBA program: classes are often offered in the evenings, which allows participants to continue working throughout the duration of the program. They also typically offer a flexible duration, rolling admission, and the student’s choice of program electives (then concentration in finance, management, digital innovation and sustainability). Another distinguishing factor is the advanced skill-building and career development found in an EMBA curriculum—with a good program scaffolding upon the skills
the student has already acquired throughout the course of their career.

The executive journey

An EMBA program will offer a core MBA curriculum covering topics such as finance and marketing, but will also weave in more advanced topics like corporate governance and leadership. However, it is the mentoring and coaching support—along with the network building opportunities—that can make the biggest difference on the job market. The executive journey gives students access to industry experts and a cohort of peers which they can leverage to achieve their personal and professional goals.

This ability to help career professionals make real progress is what inspired Sacred Heart University Luxembourg to pioneer their own EMBA. The program—the first of its kind in Luxembourg—offers each student with a customized journey to help them unlock their next career opportunity. Advanced degree programs like SHULU’s EMBA provide skill-building and career support—which can be just the bridge needed to access a higher level of professional potential.

To learn more about SHULU’s EMBA program, go to: https://www.shu.lu/emba/