A diverse and talented workforce is the bedrock of the national security community. The stakes are high, and challenges are ever-evolving. While the industry’s impact is global, the sector isn’t immune to the common problems facing today’s workforce. Burnout, stagnation, and lack of support all have the potential to put a damper on your career goals. So here are a few tips to get out of the rut and grow your resume. 


Effective change starts with self-reflection. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How do both play out in your day-to-day life? Where could you be holding yourself back? Get honest about your patterns, habits and ideas surrounding your self worth. Remember, only you have the power to change your circumstances. 


National security careers often involve complex and demanding tasks, which can lead to burnout and disengagement if not managed properly. While adequate time off is necessary, small breaks throughout the day to stretch or get outside can help combat long-term burnout. 


The national security landscape is ever-changing, so embrace a mindset of continuous learning. Pursue advanced degrees, certifications, or attend workshops and conferences to stay updated on the latest developments and technologies. 


Connect with colleagues and mentors within and outside your organization. Networking can open doors to new opportunities and provide fresh perspectives on your career. Learning from others with experience can provide invaluable insights and help you avoid common pitfalls. 


Define your career objectives and create a roadmap for achieving them. Regularly assess your progress and adjust as necessary.  

By adopting a proactive approach to professional development, embracing learning opportunities, and expanding your network, you can break free from the rut and unleash your full potential in the world of national security. It’s never too late to revitalize your career and make a lasting impact on your nation’s security landscape. 

For more career advice and the latest security and defense news, visit us at ClearanceJobs.com.  

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Phoebe Wells is the Public Relations & Partnerships Marketing Manager at ClearanceJobs and loves every aspect of her role. Creating content and working with the CJ team to connect cleared candidates with employers is incredibly rewarding, as the work ClearanceJobs does ultimately supports the mission of the U.S. As the daughter of a veteran and former cleared worker, she knows the sacrifices security and defense professionals make. She is honored to assist them in leveling up their careers. Plus, she gets to work from home in the Adirondack Mountains with her partner and two huskies!