Aspirations for the New Year

There’s a whole new year looming ahead, full of possibilities. The holiday season is a perfect time to think about your career and make some resolutions for the months ahead.

We have some ideas about what you can do to enhance your career prospects in 2019 and start planning a bright new future. Think about your career; gather your thoughts and work out what steps you need to take to achieve your goals. Make sure that you are moving in a direction aligned with your values and strengths.

Devise a plan - assess your career and decide what you want to have achieved in terms of personal and professional development in the coming year. Plan to close any gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

Commit your plan to writing and keep it somewhere handy so you can refer to it at intervals. Setting targets and achieving them builds positive feelings of accomplishment.

Skills audit –adopt a “growth” mindset. Learning is good for your mental wellbeing and boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Studies show that lifelong learning is associated with greater satisfaction and optimism, and improved ability to get the most from life.

Aiming to keep learning as it will give you an edge in a fast-moving and volatile environment. Commit to learning a new skill this year or to increase your knowledge in a subject area that will enhance your employability.

Get a mentor - working with a mentor will provide you with another perspective on your career. A good mentor will offer feedback and make suggestions to help you with your personal development plan, ultimately leading to improved performance. Successful career planning depends on self-awareness. Research shows those who seek feedback and work with mentors are more successful in their careers.

Networking - is not just about finding job opportunities. Use your contacts to garner market intelligence; this network is your window on the marketplace. Identify people in your network with whom you have a strong relationship and who have influence; fill them in about your career plan for this year. Networking is about reciprocity, aim to add value by looking for ways to help people in your network.

Get out of your comfort zone - it is easy to fall into a rut of regular habits and routines, and to resist considering the unfamiliar, the new or challenging. Start by taking time to reimagine your career path; you can make changes, don’t allow yourself to be limited by your current comfort zone.

Be good to yourself - we become so focused on what needs to change that sometimes we forget the skills and value we offer. Dale Carnegie made an interesting point about the passage of time and the significance of reflecting on the course of last year's journey: "Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?"

Before launching your New Year plans, why not make time to celebrate your achievements as 2018 comes to a close. Review the year just gone and what you learned from challenges and triumphs of 2018.

  • What did you learn that you didn’t know before?
  • Did you gain new skills or take on new responsibilities?
  • What achievements of 2018 are you most proud of?
  • What strengths, skills or competencies do you want to use more in 2019?

Happy New Year!

Posted: Thursday 20 December 2018

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