It's not unusual for perceptible career growth to stall during an economic slowdown or a recession -- as we're all currently struggling through right now. While your employer may no longer be able to offer you the same variety of positions or opportunities to advance, take some comfort in having a job and in remaining gainfully employed. If you're in search of career challenges and growth, you can provide them for yourself for a while by tackling new subject matter, pursuing a certification, returning to school, or posing yourself some kind of other personal challenge that will provide you with continued opportunities to learn and grow on the job.
Sooner or later, the economy will pick back up and new opportunities will then become more prevalent. By preparing now for such opportunities to come, you will be even better positioned to take advantage of them when they arrive.
Good luck in your career development planning and execution.
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This was first published in October 2002