New Year’s Decisions – Opportunity for a New Job

Imagine the New Year as a time for a new beginning and then take advantage of that energy. These are some suggestions that will help you to better set new goals in your career.

The New Year is always the time of new beginnings, time to change and time to set goals. This is the time of year when many are thinking of looking for a new job or career change. January, according to some statistics, is the month of the year when people most often are looking for a new job. So if you’re thinking about changes, this seems to be one of the best times for that,  the unemployment rate is at a relatively low level, despite the increase due to the return of seasonal workers.

For those who are thinking of a change of job or career, the New Year is a perfect opportunity to think about their experiences and in which direction they can go in the future.  According to some portals, most people would want to change jobs every five to ten years. In the United States, for example, people change jobs ten to fifteen times during their lifetime, so you do not have to stay forever with something that does not suit you.

These are some suggestions that will help you to better set new goals in your career:

Write down your skills

Summarize your work, volunteer and academic history to recall the activities or roles you feel encouraging or comfortable. What did you like the most? Record the skills you enjoyed. Make a list of six to nine skills or activities you would like to use in your new career.

Explore opportunities

The more you learn, the easier it is to make decisions and set goals. Find and read information about interesting jobs by browsing websites or publications in local bookstores and libraries. Find two new jobs every week that you will explore and keep a diary about what you are interested in. Compare the requirements for these jobs with your skill list.

Check out what your friends are doing

Do you have friends who do something that seems interesting to you? Ask yourself about your friends’ social experiences. Think about colleagues, suppliers, or clients who can answer and talk to them about the nature of their business. Tell them what skills you have and ask them what they think about jobs worth considering within their sector. Ask your contacts to get to know people working in areas that are of interest to you and inquire about the opportunity to arrange an informal meeting.

Go back to school

If new options require additional education, attend online lessons to improve your career skills, consider getting a job certificate that interests you, review the offers of local educational institutions, and consider setting up a course to gain additional competencies in the area you are interested in. Additional education in the middle of working life sounds frightening, but with the support of family and friends, it can be feasible.

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