Now I don't know about you but when I think of the words "New Year's Resolution" I think of failed attempts at the gym and unrealistic crash diets and piles of losing Lotto tickets. The good news is, it doesn't have to be like this! You can choose resolutions that not only carry more potential but also are achievable. While the New Year's resolutions often relate to personal matters, the start of a new year is the best time to reflect on your career and determine how you can improve in it. That's why this is a good idea to set yourself some career resolutions for the new year. Here are some common resolutions that will get you thinking about what you want to do to improve your career in 2014.
Get a promotion
A common New Years resolution amongst employees is to be acknowledged for their hard work and get that promotion they'd been vying for. Talk to your manager once you've gone back to work and make your intentions known. Find out what it will take to get there and how you can apply yourself to reach these goals.
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When addressing stress, it's important to first ask yourself what is causing the stress. Is it from other people such as your boss or colleagues? Is it because you work yourself up too much or because you're taking more work than you can handle? We all have different triggers of stress and different ways of coping so find what works best for you. Whether it's going for a run, playing a game on your phone for a while or calling your mother, find a way to fit that de-stressor into your schedule.
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Be more organised
This is a broad statement for a resolution. Yes, we'd all like to be more organised but it's hard to measure or stick this as a goal without making smaller, more specific objectives. Rather than deciding you're going to plan everything in your career life long before you really need to, focus on one or two key areas on which you can focus and organise.
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Quit job/start a new job
If you're not happy at your job, consider taking on a new role within the company. An internal move is usually easier and more likely to get you where you want to be in terms of career progression. Because people already know you at your current company, you're more likely to be considered for a role than an outsider.
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Get a degree
These days it's a lot more common for people to choose to go back to university to attain a degree later in life. Whether a bachelor's degree or a PhD, it's really never too late to go back. Sure, you probably won't achieve that before the end of the New Year, but you can certainly set the wheels in motion.
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