Setting Career New Year’s Resolutions
It’s a new year just like the last one; a new year full of promise and hope and steadfast resolution that it’s going to be a better year than the last one.
To kick start our resolve, we make New Year’s resolutions. On December 31st, we’re happy to say we’re going to give up smoking, drink less or eat less because we can still enjoy an entire night doing the complete opposite; we can stop doing anything when there’s still time to keep doing it.
But this article isn’t about ditching cigarettes or fatty food; it’s about an equally life-changing New Year’s resolution.
Consider your 2018 career
Be honest; how was last year? Was it lay awake stressful or did you bounce out of bed dying to go to work? Did you spend every working hour in a state of perpetual gratitude for the job life had gifted you or every minute wishing you were somewhere else?
If you nodded at the ends of those sentences, it might be time for a new beginning. And a brand new, never before uttered New Year’s resolution: “I’m going to find a job that makes me really, really happy!”
A day in the life of…
If we’re lucky, close to 20 hours of every 24 hour working day are gobbled up by work - preparing for work, commuting to and from work and sleeping so we’re in good shape to go to work the next day. If we hate our job, that’s 20 hours per day we can consider ourselves borderline insane.
So what do we do?
Find the missing link
What are your best skills and which skills do you enjoy using most? Is there a career where you could utilise them even more? Or is there a talent you have that could whisk you into an entirely new area? Make a resolution to turn your work life into a love life. And no, that doesn’t mean an office romance; it means finding a career to love, not just a job to like.
Research what you relish
Take what you love, be it a hobby, sport or other pastimes that encapsulates a real passion, and match it to careers. Get busy on Google, snoop around websites and see where you can take what you genuinely enjoy; it’s never too late.
Forget your age
Whether you’re 20, 40 or 60, there are 365 days in a year and you’re entitled to enjoy every one of them. If most of those days are dominated by a bad job, that’s a bad foundation for any life. Forget your age and remember that every day counts.
Go back to school
Again, it’s never too late. If your dream job calls for extra qualifications, go for it. Even if it turns 2019 into a link year between your old life and your exciting new one, go for it. Take an internet study course or an evening class at your local college. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the vast number of qualifications available part-time or online; all of which can be done around a full-time job.
Above all, take that New Year’s resolution to work at what you love and make it work.