There is something about the start of a new year that leads us to want to make a new start. Whether that means starting with something simple like cleaning out your desk and files, organizing your office, or something more substantial like re-thinking your career goals is up to you.
If you plan to make professional waves in 2011 and beyond, there is no reason to delay. Begin to take those steps, one-by-one right now.
Are you looking to switch career fields? Consider what sort of training it might take and register for courses. Seek out a mentor and ask questions. You can get valuable information from contacts you already have – consider who you know and reach out. Or, look for new networking opportunities.
Perhaps professional and leadership development opportunities are available to you at your current company? Seek out those programs and take advantage of them.
In Roy L. Williams’ AL.com column Birmingham experts share smart career moves for the new year, Gayle Lantz, owner of Birmingham-based WorkMatters, suggests that workers invest in personal or professional development in the new year. “Building on your strengths will help you advance your career more easily as opposed to correcting weaknesses,” she said.
Would you like to achieve a stronger work/life balance this year? Write it down. Budget your time. Aim to be there for your childrens’ play or soccer game – and really make it this time. You’ll feel more fulfilled and better about the work you do. The first step is deciding what you want to achieve and dedicating yourself to that goal.
So tell us, what are your plans for 2011?