6 Realistic Career Goals To Set For Yourself To Boost Success This Year

6 Realistic Career Goals To Set For Yourself To Boost Success This Year

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Being unhappy in your career isn’t something you have to put up with. It’s time to make some changes to help you find your dream career – whether that means you’re unhappy with “what” you’re doing or “where” you’re doing it.

The only way to make career changes is to start to set new goals for yourself.

And the best time to do this is…now!

Take a look below at these “6 realistic career goals” which you can set for yourself in order to improve your career in this year ahead.

1. Figure out what you want to do

Take some time to think hard about what you want to do. If you’ve found yourself in a career that you don’t really care about, then it’s never too late to make a switch.

Where do you ideally see your future career?

A lot of folks find that when you switch to a career that helps people you wind up experiencing a far more rewarding job. So explore careers which give back to others. You might even want to consider a retrain by completing online nurse practitioner programs.

2. Do things that challenge you

If you’re beginning to feel like you can do your job with your eyes closed, it’s a sign that you’re not feeling challenged enough. You can take it upon yourself to add interest to your work by asking for more responsibility, volunteering for new tasks and duties or discussing your progression with your manager. There are many ways you could start to challenge yourself this week in order to shake things up at work.

3. Boost your skills

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Learning new skills can keep your brain sharp, empower you to stay interested in your job plus help you to further progress with your career.

Learning new skills can also make you a more desirable candidate in the eyes of prospective employers.

There are several ways you can learn new skills, including:

  • Undertaking training and courses offered by employers.
  • Asking your employer for funding for external training opportunities to help with your development.
  • Funding training yourself.
  • Completing online or distance learning courses to earn a new degree.
  • Make the most of free online courses and applications.
  • Attend local seminars and workshops run by other organizations.

Remember: Undertaking training courses should be an ongoing part of your professional development.

4. Start networking

Networking has several benefits which help you to boost your career in many ways. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a new job or trying to build connections that could boost your existing work. Whenever you explore networking opportunities you’re on your way to taking your career to new heights.

Thanks to the internet, it’s now much easier to find local networking opportunities which help you to connect with other professionals in your industry.

If the prospect of attending networking events feels scary or daunting, then consider attending events with a friend or another colleague for a bit of moral support.

5. Make note of your achievements

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Many people dislike filling out job applications. After all, it can be difficult to remember some of your achievements – all of the many things you’ve done which set you apart from other candidates.

With this in mind, it’s helpful to start a new habit of tracking your accomplishments as they happen.

Each day or each weeky, make a note of what a challenge you overcame, what you did to overcome it, what the outcome was and what you could have done better.

Over time you’ll amass some terrific ready-made answers for those interview questions!

Plus, you’ll also be able to reflect on your achievements and feel more confident about who you are and what you have to offer.  After all, it can be difficult to realize what you’ve achieved until you see it written down in front of you.

6. Take a break

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Sometimes, it’s not your career that needs to change – it’s you. Sometimes you need a break from your job for a little while – in order to truly recharge. This is especially true if it’s been a while since your last vacation.

A break can benefit you in many ways –  whether you choose to spend the time at home, go traveling, explore volunteering or try something new for a while. If you’ve got vacation days, use them, or consider taking a sabbatical.

A break can help you to refresh and come back to work with a new perspective, ready to put the focus on your career.

In summary…

Working on your career is a good use of your time. You just need the right attitude and some hard work. I am hoping you explore these tools to be happier at work . May this year be a time for you to enjoy great strides in your career! Who knows, by this exact time next year you could be in a far more fulfilling place!

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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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