Time flies…we all say it and most of us feel it. It seems the closer we get to the end of the year, the quicker the calendar turns and for me this year is no exception. The New Year is right around the corner and I am not sure if it’s because it’s the start of (or the end of, depending how you look at it) a new decade but I can feel the pull of 2020. From a career perspective, this is a really great time to assess your current career path and set yourself up for the future.
First thing to do is take a step back and look at where you are currently in your career. What have you accomplished in the past 12 months? Have you taken on a new role within your current organization? Did you take on any new responsibilities or have you developed any new skills? Learned new software? It is important to dig in and focus on the details to help you get a good baseline of where you are at so you can determine how to move forward.
Another important thing to remember is that goals and priorities can change over the course of a whole year. Are the things that mattered when this year started the same as you are focusing on now or have you shifted to another stretch goal? There are a lot of situations that can change the path of your career over time and you may want to make adjustments to help you refocus on where you want to ultimately get to. Now is a good time to do so.
Once you figure out where you have been and where you currently are, it’s a good time to set some goals. There are a million ways to set goals but one of the things I personally like to do when I set goals is to set both short term and long term goals and make sure to include some stepping stones along the way. For example, set a short term goal starting in January that you hope to accomplish by March and also have a bigger three to five year career path that will keep the wheels in motion to get you the promotion or future role you are looking for. The short term goals you set and crush now will ultimately have an impact in the years to come. Plan wisely!
Now it’s time to put the plan into action. Many people spend valuable time creating strategic goals only to lose focus in the first month or two of the year. Don’t let that happen to you! Write your goals down and put them someplace you will see them every day or store them in your phone where they are easily accessible. Utilize your calendar to create timelines to help you visualize the deadlines you set for yourself and then revisit these daily/weekly/monthly/quarterly to make sure you are on track. Reassess if needed. You can also find someone to share your career goals with to help hold you accountable – celebrate your successes over coffee once a month and keep each other on track.
The career path you set now will set you up for success in the years to come. Spend some time reflecting and assessing and start the New Year off with a strategy to make this year a success. You will be glad you did!
Lisa has been with Aureus Group since April 2007 and is a Sales Manager for the Omaha market. She specializes in contract/temporary staffing and enjoys helping her clients meet their goals on projects and interim needs. Lisa has more than 10 years of experience in the staffing industry within finance and accounting, and she loves working with her clients to learn about what type of person would best fit their team. One of her favorite things is building relationships with clients and candidates and then watching them progress in their careers. An Omaha native, Lisa also enjoys spending time with her husband and two cairn terriers, running marathons, and traveling to explore new places.