28 Nov 2017
So without any further ado, here are five New Year’s resolutions to get your career sailing sweetly into 2018.
First up, some super serious honesty: did you love your work in 2017? Did you really love it? Or were you just hanging out for the holidays? If you answered no, no, yes, it may well be time for change. And there’s no better time to embrace change and seek new beginnings than the beginning of a new year. Decide where you really want to be and go for it.
Is your dream job a little outside your current skill set? Who cares! As Sir Richard Branson has often said: “If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes and then learn how to do it later.” That’s fabulous advice from one of the world’s most successful and popular businessmen and you could do worse than follow it. What’s the harm in trying?
“Right,” you say. “I’ve got this report to do by 5, so head down, tail up. Well, after I’ve had a quick look at Facebook and a poke around Twitter.” There are so many digital distractions to getting things done today and if we let our digits wander there, we can waste hours. So your New Year’s resolution: cut out your scattered, random social media time and bring in short, allocated browsing blocks. Stick to them and you’ll be a far more focused and successful in your fresh, new career.
Having just pruned your social networking time, you now want to do the complete opposite with your business networking. If you’ve never taken LinkedIn seriously, now’s the time to start. Create a professional business profile and start connecting with well-credentialed strangers in the same or similar fields. Who knows where it could lead.
If your dream job calls for some extra qualifications, go get them. Even if you’re thirty or forty, go get them. You’re never too old to learn something new if it’s going to get you where you want to go. And you can do it while still working a full time job if you’re motivated enough. Night classes and even online courses are great ways to upskill quickly and pretty painlessly without financial hardship. Even if your resolution for 2018 is to get the skills and qualifications you need to fire up your new career in 2019, that’s still the makings of a positive year.
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