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Do you often find yourself lacking the motivation to change your circumstances? It’s probably more common than you think.   

But is your lack of motivation due to not feeling fulfilled in your job? A recent global study found that only 15% of employees feel engaged in their work.  

Not having the right role can be demotivating – especially if you’re unsure what job would be best for you. One consideration is which jobs are in-demand if you’re retraining.  

Whether you’re looking to find another role in the same industry, upskill, or qualify for a new profession, remaining motivated can be difficult. 

In this blog, we identify some of the ways you can get motivated and how to maintain that level of motivation.

How to get motivated 

When it comes to getting motivated, there’s no one size fits all approach. How to get motivated will sometimes depend on what your end goal is. 

However, here are some tips to keep you motivated: 

  • Choose one goal that’s achievable for you. 
  • Set a plan of action, including a timeframe. 
  • Split your goal into smaller, more manageable tasks.  
  • Set regular reminders for your tasks or use a book to keep track of them. 
  • Keep your friends and family informed of your aim, so they can help you stay on top of it. 
  • Try meditation and breathing techniques to stay calm and focused. 

How to stay motivated

Similarly, there are different ways to stay motivated too. Here are a few suggestions: 

  • When you make progress, reward yourself with something small to keep you motivated. 
  • Keep setting new goals, so you can carry on self-improving. 
  • Be around positive people; their energy will inspire you. 
  • Regularly review your goals, so you can see the progress you’ve made.  

Having a mentor to keep you on track, or a tutor to support you, can be hugely beneficial. And remember… it’s never too late to learn

Don’t take our word for it: hear from Sandra instead 

After working as a Paralegal for a law firm in Cape Town, Sandra moved to London. Distance learning made it possible for her to study something new, so she could pursue a different career path – as a life coach

The flexibility offered by Oxbridge meant that Sandra was able to easily complete her course as a mature student whilst still working every day.  

“I got so engrossed in the course that I looked forward to working on it, rather than watching TV or doing anything else,” explains Sandra. 

Sandra particularly liked the modules that related to self-improvement and those that helped with setting and achieving goals.  

Although Sandra was looking forward to starting her course, she was also a little anxious about what would be involved as a mature student. 

“The first few times I looked at the contents of the course, I wondered if I had taken on more than I could chew. But then I slowly started getting into a routine,” says Sandra. 

When you’re viewing videos, she suggests making notes as you go along, to help you stay focused so you can look back on it later. 

“So many people are in jobs they don’t enjoy, but they need to keep them, so this way they can work towards a goal in their own time whilst having a steady income.  

“I have learnt that I can put my mind to something and succeed no matter the age.  I am so sorry that I was not able to do this sooner, as I feel like I could go on learning.” 

Another advantage of online learning that Sandra mentions is studying in your own time. This is something Oxbridge offers all our students. At Oxbridge, you can even take a six-month study break if you need it or arrange an extension for your course.  

Our personal tutor support is like having your own mentor to help you stay focused throughout your course. 

You can read Sandra’s full success story here.

Whether you’d like to improve your job prospects in your current field, pursue a new industry or find your first job, we offer an extensive range of courses to suit your needs. Our friendly team of learning advisers are here to help you plan your learning journey. Give us a call on 0121 630 3000 or use the live chat function to speak to an adviser online.