When New Year comes around, we tend to get excited for it because it marks a new beginning.
With a clean slate, we naturally start planning for new goals and resolutions, dreams and directions to renew our spirits. Resolutions are simply a great way for us to look forward to the new year with optimism and a proclamation of how you want the new year to be better.
While we tend to think of resolutions as something personal, like “lose weight” or “save more money”, it’s not the only way we can improve our lives. Why not extend them to the workplace as well?
Here are some career-related resolutions you should also be working towards so you can win both in life and work.
1. Do Something You Love Everyday
Grab the opportunity to do what you do best every day — when you do so, you are much more likely to be happy and productive at work. That said, find a job that is something you are passionate about and you will naturally do your best.
If you’re lukewarm about your job, make 2020 the year you find one that excites you. This doesn’t mean that you have to leave — a lateral move might give you what you need too.
Just be proactive about going after what you want. If you want more autonomy, negotiate for flexibility at work. If you want to take on more, ask for a promotion.
If you think a new role in a new company will suit you best, you can kickstart your jobsearch on MyCareersFuture.
Even if you’re not actively job searching, refreshing your resume can be a great way to take stock of where you are professionally and to prepare for whatever 2020 may have in store.
2. Take Up A New Skill
It’s time to invest in yourself and upskill. As your career progresses, more is required of you.
In addition, the market is continually changing so it requires skills and expertise to continually adapt.
No matter what field you are in, there are hundreds of new skills you can learn that could benefit your career. You can take a course to learn or improve on a skill that’s useful in your current role, or one that will help you get the next one.
Regardless if it’s self-sponsored or employee-sponsored, you can check out Workforce Singapore’s list of training grants to offset the course fees.
If you have no idea what skill to take up, a tech skill such as coding is a good start. It is one of the biggest skills in demand today, and can help to future-proof yourself.
3. Expand Your Professional Network
In the age of social media and career hustle, it can seem like the pressure is on to the network as much as possible and ‘know’ as many people as possible on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram.
However, the new year presents an opportunity to invest in quality, not quantity.
Networking events in particular, are a great opportunity to meet other professionals in your industry. You get to make new connections as well as stay on top of what’s happening in your field. Don’t forget to grab their business cards and connect with them later on LinkedIn.
You can also proactively reach out to people in your network and strengthen old connections by catching up over lunch. This is a good way to build lasting friendships and relationships, and doing so will put you in a good position later if you need help in life and/or career.
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