Doris’s Top 3 Career New Years Resolutions 2018
February 1, 2018
As the clock struck midnight on the 31st of December many of us were celebrating the end of another year and may have even found ourselves committing to a ‘New Year, New Me’.
Every now and then, we need to take stock of where we are, and ask ourselves those difficult questions that many of us tend to avoid thinking about. Am I happy in my current position? If not, why not? What can I change to make myself happier or more successful? What is my ultimate career objective and am I on track to achieve it?
I think we can all agree it's important to have aspirations. Whether in your personal life or career, we all have things that we would like change; to do more or less of, or to become better at. Setting a new year’s resolution can be a great way to motivate yourself to achieve those goals.
Ask for feedback
Asking for feedback can be a great way to identify areas for improvement, but also to highlight strengths that perhaps you didn’t even realise you had. Don’t just ask your manager, ask colleagues that you work with in different capacities, that way you’ll get a full view of how you are perceived by others. It can be daunting, but we're often our own harshest critics, so you may be pleasantly surprised!
Set attainable goals
I would love to be the type of person who can commit to getting up at 5am every day, undertaking a 5k run and a short yoga session, before heading to work feeling energised and refreshed… But I’m more of your 8 alarms set 5 minutes apart type of girl, so I know that’s never going to happen. It’s important to make sure that your goals are realistic, otherwise you’re ultimately setting yourself up to fail. Even if you are working towards one ultimate goal, plan smaller targets and objectives, it will help to keep you motivated.
Make time for your self-development
We’re all guilty of getting wrapped up in our day-to-day work, and then suddenly realising that the months have passed by and all of our plans have been put on the back-burner. Make sure you regularly set aside time for self-development. Look at how you can build on your strengths and improve your weaknesses; whether this is arranging a meeting with someone who’s working in an area you’d like to learn more about, finding online training modules or even looking into professional accreditation.
Build your network
If you haven’t set any resolutions this year, make this one yours. You can learn so much from meeting and engaging with contacts working in different roles and departments. It can be a great way to develop your understanding of the organisation, expand your skillset and open your eyes to new opportunities and sectors that you never knew you could break into. If you aren't sure how to start, attend an organised networking event in your company or area of interest. Remember successful networking isn't about coming away with piles of business cards, sometimes the most valuable outcome can simply be getting new inspiration and ideas.
By Doris'er Grace!
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