IM­PROVE FOR THE FU­TURE

The Weekend Post - - New Year, New Career -

A NEW year is typ­i­cally a time peo­ple re­assess their lifestyle and make changes.

It’s a time to make changes, set goals and make res­o­lu­tions that will make this year bet­ter than the last.

While health and fit­ness goals are usu­ally at the top of most peo­ple’s res­o­lu­tions, there is a grow­ing trend for peo­ple to re­assess their ca­reer goals with the start of a new cal­en­dar year.

Of­ten, it’s a time where peo­ple re­flect on the year that has passed and re­alise that their cur­rent ca­reer is no longer serv­ing them.

Be­fore be­gin­ning the job search, there are a few things to con­sider:

• Set some goals and de­ter­mine where you want to be in five years, and what ca­reer sat­is­fac­tion looks like for you.

If you want to make this year the one you start achiev­ing your ca­reer goals, you need to think care­fully about what it is that you re­ally you want.

The first and most cru­cial step is to ded­i­cate time to re­ally think about what you want to do.

If you need a lit­tle help get­ting the ball rolling, con­sider:

– What you wanted to be when you grew up

– What you loved to do as a child, or some­thing you wish you had more time for as an adult

– What you would do if money wasn’t an is­sue

– In­dus­tries and ca­reers you of­ten find your­self read­ing and think­ing about • Up­skilling In­stead of giv­ing up sugar or set­ting the task of train­ing twice daily this year, why not make a new year’s res­o­lu­tion that will ben­e­fit you long af­ter the month of Jan­uary.

Be­cause we all know healthre­lated goals have a ten­dency to fiz­zle.

Com­mit to up­skilling your way into your new role.

En­rol in a rel­e­vant, full-time or part-time course that will teach you the tools of the trade.

Seek out an in­tern­ship or vol­un­teer po­si­tion that will give you real world ex­pe­ri­ence and in­sight.

• Up­date your CV and LinkedIn pro­file

This one is a no-brainer, but we of­ten un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact our CV and LinkedIn pro­files have on land­ing a new role.

It’s a good idea to have some­one look over your CV and pro­file to search for er­rors that po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers may pick up on.

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