Don’t make this another unfulfilling year when it comes to your career. If you need inspiration to make career changes or achieve goals in 2023, read on
Each beginning of a new year presents an opportunity to make changes and set new goals. Whether this pertains to your personal, health, relationship or career, it’s never too late to start over. If anything, the previous years – particularly the Covid-induced period – have shown that things don’t usually go as planned, and at worse, which could be a blessing in disguise, we experience failures and challenges beyond our control. I think during this time, it’s important to reflect on your why. Why do you make certain choices, set certain goals, and choose to stay in certain situations? I think our coldest, hardest seasons give us an opportunity to remind us of who we are meant to be and are a launch pad to set our next phase in life to new heights. With this said, why not reflect on your career goals and make the change you want to see? Here are five goals I think we need to make this year:
Set healthy boundaries:
I heard from someone that usually when you are hardworking, you are rewarded with more work. Although this is seen as you being a team player, it’s easy for others to take advantage and overwhelm you with more work than you can handle. There’s nothing wrong with helping where you can, but learning to say no when you need to is a form of self-care, which you need to be more productive.
Take on a new skill:
The best part about this is that you don’t need to break your bank balance to add a new skill. There are several free and affordable online courses, including Educate24 or Udemy, that offer short courses that will help you keep up with changing professional trends, especially in your field of work.
Apply for that job/ position:
If you are looking for new challenges or growth when it comes to your career, there is no harm in applying for something different, either within your organisation or elsewhere. Growth is a part of our fulfilment in every part of our life. It’s time to brush up on that CV.
Network, network, network:
Several successful people will tell you that your network is your net worth. It’s important to create and maintain healthy and mutual professional relationships. Reach out to your contacts and discuss all things professional (and personal). Your next step up the career ladder could be a call or Linkedin connection away.
Pat yourself on the back:
Sometimes, we are caught up in our blunders, setbacks or long-term goals that we forget to celebrate our achievements, no matter how small they are. That certificate, that recognition, that salary raise or that student or intern you helped is something worth celebrating.
What other career goals do you aim to achieve this year? Share in the comment below.