At this time of the year, most of us are looking ahead to the New Year, thinking about things that we’d like to accomplish both personally and professionally in the coming year. It’s also a time to look back on the year that’s just been, thinking about what went well, and what we’d like to change and improve as we move forward. This reflection helps with goal setting, and setting goals and targets is a great way to start the year productively. Statistically, those of us that set realistic goals are more likely to be successful. Here are some of the career goals that you might want to consider professionally in 2021.
Be Happy at Work
Are you happy at work? The sad truth is most of us aren’t. We’re frustrated about a lack of progress, we’re unhappy with our day-to-day jobs, or we’re bored with our work. Make 2021 the year that you find happiness in your career. This might mean pushing for promotion, speaking to your manager about making some changes to your daily routines, or it could even mean seeking a career change. If you are looking to make a significant change, you can explore what your options are over at Refreshing a Career. They have advice for people from all walks of life so you can ensure the guidance you receive is tailored to the position you are in.
Find That Elusive Work/Life Balance
Being happy at work doesn’t necessarily mean that your work/life balance is right. In fact, it can make it harder to achieve. If you are spending too much time at work, working long hours, or not taking enough time out for yourself, make 2021 the year that you find a better balance.
Make a Long-Term Plan
These yearly goals are great, but, ultimately, what are you working towards? Do you have a big ambition or dream? How do your goals for next year help you to get there? Make sure your long-term plan and your short-term goals support each other.
Commit to Learning
Seeking new knowledge or learning new skills is a fantastic way to progress at work, give yourself options for the future, and also to find a new enjoyment of your work. You might think that you know it all, but there are always new developments, technologies, and techniques. Do some research, read the latest materials and learn from people in your field.
Make New Connections
New connections offer learning opportunities and open up possibilities. Make it your goal to attend networking events and shows, and to reach out to people in your field online.
Brush Up on Your Transferable Skills
Most of us have more transferable skills than we think. We might not use these skills every day, but they could be applied to different jobs or careers, or expanded to increase knowledge and potential. Think of any skills that you’ve got, whether they have been gained in the workplace or other areas, and look for ways to practice and improve, so you don’t lose them.
Setting career goals can help you to get started on the right foot and keep you on track in the months that follow. But it’s ok to be flexible. You might want to add new goals, make changes, and even get rid of some entirely, and that’s fine. Your goals can be fluid; they are, after all, your goals.