Start the New Year By Evaluating Your Career Goals
We all wish for better things and improvements as we move ahead, but when it comes to your career, wishing alone will not get the job done. As a new year comes upon us, it’s a good time to evaluate what can be done to make positive changes for you as a professional and your career.
When you have specific career goals in place, you can find out what to focus on and what specific actions need to be taken. In some cases, it may mean that you need a new job or a new career. Determining what’s the next best professional move is something that only you can ultimately determine, because career goals are specific and personal. Take time to assess your situation.
- Where are your strengths?
- Where are your weaknesses? How can you improve on them?
- Did you get the promotion you were aiming for, or are you not really progressing?
- Are you satisfied with your pay, or do you think you’re being cut short when factoring the industry standards for your experience level and skills?
- Do you often dream about how it’d be to have a different career?
- Do you dread going to work, to the point of experiencing severe stress?
- Are you feeling drained to the point where your work has taken over your life?
- Has your health been drastically impacted by your job?
All of the above questions serve as a starting point to determine your situation and to help you start thinking about an action plan. Staying in a bad job or a career that’s not right for you will only make things worse. It can be a problem that will can continue to linger and hold you back. Read: “Career Mistake: Staying Too Long on the Job.”
During the new year, take action! Make positive changes for yourself and your professional career. Set realistic goals and have realistic expectations. Your goals should be S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for:
- Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
- Measurable (meaningful, motivating)
- Achievable (agreed, attainable)
- Relevant (realistic, reasonable, results-based)
- Time-bound (realistic with timelines, timely)
Look at establishing career goals with a short-term and long-term vision. Yes, this may prompt the need to start job hunting and updating the resume, but it’s about investing in yourself and finding your own professional happiness. Learn from past lessons and make changes now for a positive impact to your future. If you’re currently employed and plan to job search, read: “Job Search Without Letting Everyone Know.”
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