Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!
A New Year for many of us offers great opportunities for a fresh start and motivation to re-invigorate our career and get motivated for exciting projects, initiatives and events that the year ahead will bring.
In this post, I share my top tips to give your career the kick start it needs and to get you career-ready for everything that may come your way in 2018.
1. Set yourself realistic goals
Goal setting is important for motivation, self-confidence and giving us a sense of achievement for the future ahead.
What would you like to achieve in 2018?
Take the time to reflect on 2017 and consider what you enjoyed and what you would have liked to change in the year that has just passed. Once you have an idea on what you would like to change, write these down and begin creating a plan to succeed in your goals.
2. Identify development opportunities
Development opportunities are a great way to improve your personal and professional skills and experience at work which ultimately will help you to achieve your 2018 goals. In each of your goals, identify the skills you would like to develop and start to look for courses, short or long term, which can help you to succeed. For example, if you are looking to development your leadership skills, identify a leadership program or join an industry-related mentoring program to develop expertise in this area. Aligning development opportunities to your goals demonstrate your commitment to your goals and allow you to plan towards your end result.
Training should be another thing you have on your radar for 2018, and industry conferences or seminars are a great place to start. Conferences are a great opportunity to learn from other organisations and industry leaders on best practice initiatives and concepts that you can share with your team and wider-organisation. These events also create an excellent opportunity to build your professional network with like-minded people who work in your industry and potentially share your passions/interests at work.
3. Plan your goals with your manager
Your manager plays an important part in your career and I recommend discussing your goals and 2018 plan with them so they can provide support and guidance to assist you in succeeding in what you are setting out to achieve. Managers can provide mentoring and coaching support as well as financial assistance in some cases as you progress towards your goals.
In preparing for this meeting, think about the key projects and tasks you are responsible for, or contribute to, and then outline the role you wish to play and discuss these with your manager. Outline where you see your current expertise and what you wish to develop and how such improvements will support your personal career and team, and of course the organisation itself.
Remember, a supportive manager can only assist you in achieving your goals if they are aware of your intentions, so set the scene early and show you are committed to your development in 2018.
4. Revisit your network
Your professional network plays an important role in your career. Sites like LinkedIn have taken the scary part of networking out of the equation as you can now interact seamlessly with a range of people across Australia and the globe via email and LinkedIn itself.
If you are not on LinkedIn, I strongly recommend signing up and creating your profile to boost your networking ability.
For the LinkedIn savvy readers, start the year by revisiting your profile, make any necessary updates and then review your existing network and aim to reach out to a handful of past and present colleagues who can help you in achieving your 2018 goals.
5. Update your CV
An up-to-date CV is absolutely critical whether you are looking for a new position or ready to make a transition in your current organisation. Not having your CV ready can be a deterrent for not applying for new opportunities and leave you rushed and stressed should somebody ask for a copy to learn more about you.
Opportunities come quickly and you want to be ready for what the year could bring. When the year gets going and work takes over it will be harder and harder to find the time to update your CV, so put some time aside now to update your CV and ensure you are proud of the content and layout. A CV you are proud of will also boost your career self-confidence and ensure you are ready for any opportunities that come your way in 2018.
So there are a few tips to get your started and setting you up for 2018. For more personalised coaching and a tailored career plan, send me a message and I’d be happy to work with you on your career journey in 2018.