Time to Add Some Oomph to Your Career

Josh Hawkins
January 17, 20132 mins read

I overheard a conversation earlier this week where someone was getting sick and tired of listening to new year’s resolutions of others.

You see, his year so far has been shaping up to be very much as ‘old’ as the last. Quite a depressing situation considering he has 11 and a half months of his ‘old’ year to get through …         

Common resolutions like losing weight, quitting smoking, and staying fit may all indirectly benefit your chances of success in a career, but why not choose resolutions that could directly impact your career in a positive way? Career focused new year’s resolutions need not be difficult to keep. By implementing a few simple goals or changing your attitude slightly, there’s no reason why you can’t begin the year positively and point your career in a ‘new’ direction.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

One year plan
Where do you want to be in your career this time next year and what do you need to get there? For example, if you want to manage staff, then show an interest in the office and manage up appropriately. Mentor your pairs where possible, get involved in leading new initiatives, suggest new ways of doing things or ask if there are any courses or training you can take to help make it happen.

Likewise, if you want to move from a technical to a commercial position, put the wheels in motion now. Speak to your manager regarding possible skill sets you may lacking and how you can go about getting these skills. Network both within your organisation and externally and speak to specialist agencies for market advice.

Re-motivate yourself
If you’re getting bored in your position then you’re not going to be motivated. What can you do to add another dimension to your role - are there projects you can get involved in to add variety to your day? Challenge yourself in your position and go beyond your core duties. Learn new skills and stay focused. If you can’t think of new ways to motivate yourself in your current role, then perhaps it’s time to look for the new opportunity.

By changing focus, devising a simple plan and re-energising yourself in the workplace, there’s no reason why you need to begin the year in the same ‘old’ fashion.

If you would like to speak about any of your new year’s ‘career focused’ resolutions, then please give me a call on 8986 3131.


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Associate Manager