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Career Reflections - preparing for 2020

On17/ 12 /19

The New Year is fast approaching, it is a great time to reflect on the successes and lessons of the past year as well as set new goals for the year ahead.

December can be the perfect time to pause and evaluate your career path to date. As Steven Covey famously said “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster”.

These are our favourite tips to track your progress and be ready to supercharge your career for 2020.

1. Evaluate What Went Well

First of all, start by focusing on the positives. How have your grown and progressed over the last year? What were the best moments?

Once you have your list, look a little deeper to see if you can find any common themes. Did your successes come in areas you were passionate about? What was it that made the projects a success? Pinpoint the answers, and you will be half way to starting next year on the right track.

2. Identify the Lessons

Next, take a look at the lessons. What didn’t go to plan and why? What skills could you work to develop over the next year? 

As a final question, what would you change if you were facing 2019 all over again?

Be honest with yourself - to achieve success you need to be willing to recognise and learn from your mistakes.

3. Identify 3 Key Objectives for the New Year

The New Year may be the time for resolutions. However, we often make a long list of goals and then get demoralised when we fail to achieve them.

Instead, focus on just 3 key objectives and identify the sub goals or stepping-stones that you need to achieve them. These might be gaining management experience, improving efficiency, or collaborating with another person or department. 

The key is to be highly focused and ensure these fit with the overall vision you have for your career.

4. Brush up on Essential Skills

Always be on the look out for new opportunities to learn. This could be reading the latest industry press or gaining a new qualification.

Perhaps you use Excel in your daily work? Think how much time you could save by learning some new shortcuts. New skills will also add to your value as a team member.

5. Update your Social Profiles

When was the last time you gave your social profiles some attention? This is the first place prospective employers look for candidates. Even if you aren't actively looking for a new role, make sure that your profiles do you justice.

When you update your LinkedIn profile, you can also choose to notify your network. This can help to put you front of mind when it comes to new opportunities.

If you are looking to develop your career in 2020, contact a member of the Bucks and Berks Team today. We can help you find the right role to achieve your goals.

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