As we are now fast approaching the end of the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to reevaluate your life. You might be wondering what the next year has in store for you. Perhaps you are going to be setting yourself a few new year's resolutions to be getting on with. Many people set themselves goals that include losing weight, paying off debts, or saving for things like houses or weddings. One of the most common resolutions people consider have to do with their career. They see it as a chance to change it, perhaps go for a promotion or study for a new career entirely. With that in mind, I thought it would be an appropriate time to discuss some of the actions you should be taking if your career is high on your priority list for 2017.
Decide what you really want from your career
Sometimes the only decision you need to make is what you want from your career or job prospects for the future. Are you happy in your current environment? Do you feel valued or have some job satisfaction at the end of the day? It can be quite difficult to ask yourself these questions, especially if you are a little confused about things. But knowing what you want will help you decipher your actions and goals going forward. Spend some time thinking about what you want to do, visualize what will be right for you as an individual.
Set yourself some realistic goals
Once you know exactly what you want from your work life, then you need to consider the goals and steps you need to take to achieve what you want. The important thing is to set yourself realistic goals. The last thing you want to do is place unnecessary pressure on yourself to achieve what you want. Realistic goals make your time from placing the goals to achievement much quicker. Which will aid you in keeping motivated with your end goals.
Consider making improvements to your skillset
Sometimes it is necessary to make improvements to your current skillset, and that might mean taking courses or learning through books and research online. You might want to become a master of IT so that you are more diverse in the digital world. Or be more clued up in psychological factors to help with workload or becoming a manager of a team. All knowledge is good knowledge, and lots of skills learned can be adapted to different job sectors.
Keep positive with your mindset
The last thing you want when you are looking to make changes to your lifestyle is to have a negative mindset. Negative thoughts can really impact your productivity and motivation levels. So it’s vital to keep a good positive attitude if you are serious about making changes. This can actually have more of an impact on your life than just how you think and feel.
Be innovative with your actions with your current employer
Finally, ensure that you keep things going well within your current employment. If that means showing initiative and being innovative with your actions so be it. This will help you for promotion or help you move on in your career.
I hope these tips help you take the right actions for a change in career. Allow 2017 to be a year that you finally get to do what you want!