It has been 20 days into the new year, and for most people, January always seems quite long, the kind of month that drags by especially when you can’t wait for it to be over and done with.
It is also that time of the year when everyone sets new year resolutions and goals with so much enthusiasm and momentum.
Most times the initial zeal and drive wanes as the days go by and life tolls in. For some, fortunately this still lingers for a longer period.
One of the most set goals for young people are career goals and this is not surprising. Everyone wants a better career, more exciting jobs, substantial professional development and of course the dreamy enticing pay.
Setting and smashing career goals is not a stroll- in-the-park task, it is not a herculean task either, albeit a very deliberate one that needs effort and commitment.
In addition to your already set goals these are a few key career goals to pursue and achieve in 2018.
Professional and self development
Continuous professional and self development is a mantra to always go by. Invest in yourself and dedicate resources every month towards professional development. Benchmark and rate your development, seek feedback and work towards closing any career gaps.
There are a few things reading books do for you, it helps you enhance your vocabulary and most importantly gain vast knowledge in different topic areas. Reading enhances soft skills such as communicating and relating effectively with people. This is very key as soft skills play an important role in building a career.
Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. —Tomie dePaola
Invest in professional courses that add value and knowledge. If there is a career field you want to change to, learn more about it. Online courses make learning an easier task from the comfort of your home. There are websites and platforms that provide free courses and learning materials. Build expertise and knowledge, enroll in academic programs if need be.
Attend events and network
Make intentional effort to attend value adding events that help you build the right network and meet new people, either in your current field of work or a specific field you are interested in.
Get a mentor
There is no better way to learn than from those who have gone ahead of you. You do not necessarily have to meet your mentor physically, you can build a mentorship relationship with a trusted mentor online or by reading their books and listening to their voice or video content.
Mentoring is an indispensable requirement for an artist’s growth. Not only are skills and experience shared, but there is value in the essential re-examination of one’s own work and techniques.
Practise public speaking
Volunteer to speak at events or join a public speaking group. This ultimately helps you build confidence and excellent communication skills.
Try/Learn something new
Learn a new language or skill. Being bi-lingual can give you an added advantage in your career journey. Acquire a new hands on skill especially in an area of your interest.
Build efficiency and expertise
Put in extra work to be more effective and efficient in the workplace. Achieve a high say-do ratio and be very result driven, rather than task driven. Improve your workplace productivity.
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Start a blog
Write about topics that interest you and be vocal about your professional expertise through written and spoken words. The more you write about things you are passionate about, the more you become passionate about them. Put yourself out there as an expert in your field.
Teach what you know
It’s not enough to get a mentor, be a mentor. Teach and share on what you know extensively about, for free or for a price. The more you teach, the more knowledgeable you become and you also become recognized in your field.
In learning you will teach, in teaching you will learn.
Achieving these goals will not only help you build and establish a lasting career, it would make you a better person in total.
What are your career goals for 2018 and how do you plan on achieving them?