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New year, new you: Why career development should be your New Year's resolution

10 November, 2016Natalie Peters

Inew yearsn just under two months time another year will pass, and another New Year’s resolution will (most likely) not be kept. While it's important to set goals and dreams for the new year, research shows that only realistic resolutions have a chance of being kept. So why not set yourself a work or career development goal – something achievable and much more rewarding than an unused gym membership.

What’s next for you?

No matter where you are in your career or how comfortable you are in your current role, it’s always good to be thinking about the next step. What do you want to achieve next? What does the next level look like for you?

This may come in the shape of small goals – go to that conference, learn a new formula in Excel – or they may be bigger like taking a professional qualification. Even if you don’t think your next move will be for a few years, start building up new skills and experiences so your CV is constantly being topped up. Make sure to add all these updates to your LinkedIn profile, this is where future employers and recruiters will be looking for you. Your CV isn’t just a document; it should be the changeable face of your profile.

Be better than the others

In such a competitive job market and with an uncertain future, it’s important to stand out from your peers. If a promotion comes up at work or you’re applying for a new job, you need to make sure they pick you.

Bettering yourself over others doesn’t have to be a ruthless task; peers are there for you to measure yourself against, to give you that yard stick. Depending on your level it can be difficult to differentiate yourself from others as nowadays most people have a degree or have some kind of experience, it’s the little extras that will make a difference.

Keep up to date with your industry and skills; this will give you the confidence you need to go for that next promotion or to just generally feel more satisfied in your role. Talking confidently about what you do and where you see your career going will make you a stronger candidate.

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If you’re struggling to think about the next level or where you want to take your career, it might be that you need something completely new. Changing career or direction can be scary, it may mean less pay or a junior role, but if you think there is something else you should be doing – do it.

It can be easier then you think to transition, there are many short courses out there that you can take whilst in your current role. They are good way to get skilled quickly in a new area and are relatively cheap compared to a full degree. These courses can also be of regulatory standard giving you a head start in your new sector. 

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