Even before the clock strikes 12, most people already have a list of new year resolutions written. For some, living a healthier lifestyle and to take advantage of the benefits of eating well is at the top of the list. Other people may want to excel professionally and are determined to do so. But as we head into year three of the pandemic, your career goals might not be cut and dry.
In addition to trying to find a new job, you might not want to stay in the same field. Regardless, sticking to your new year resolutions isn’t always easy. Even with the best intentions, you might let them fall by the wayside. In addition to defining your career goals, below are a few tips to help you stay on track and meet your milestones in 2022.
Define Your Goals
It sounds easy enough, but many people struggle with defining their goals. It’s not that they don’t know what they want. It’s more about not knowing which direction to take to achieve them. The first step is to clearly define what you want to achieve. Your goals need to be tangible and most importantly, well defined. Once you clearly outline your goals, then you can make an action plan.
In addition to defining your goals, your goals also need to be manageable. If you’re looking to find a better job to pay off student loans, how long do you realistically think that will take? You also need to think about what alternative solutions as well. For example, while you’re looking for a new job, how can you lower your monthly expenses? Along with eating at home and only buying the necessities, you could refinance your current loan. Most private lenders specialize in student loan refinance options, which can lower your monthly payment and help you pay less interest over time. Your focus should be on weighing your options while working towards your goals.
Saying you want to achieve your goals is not the same as creating a strategy to make it happen. Break your strategy down into stepping stones. Each stepping stone is supposed to move you closer to your end goal. When it comes to your career, the first step is having a serious discussion with your current employer. Let them know what you want and whether you think it’s possible within the organization. If your employer isn’t willing to work with you, then the obvious step would be seeking alternative employment. It’s important to note that your career goals won’t always align with your current employment. People grow and their goals will change, so don’t feel guilty if you feel like it’s time to move on.
Even with a concrete plan and a desire to succeed, you still need to be accountable. You can enlist the help of a trusted colleague or friend, or you can join a network or like-minded people to check in with. Schedule weekly or bi-weekly calls to discuss both your wins and any setbacks you’ve encountered.