January is full of all sorts of resolutions, ranging from lifestyle changes to career development. For many of us, improving our career will be high on that list. While you may already have a plan on how to give your career a boost this year, these tips will help you give it a jump start that will help you throughout the whole year.
If you are looking to take your career to the next level this year, you should start by setting some goals you would like to accomplish. This can be as general or as detailed as you'd like but it is important to make sure that they are things you can actually accomplish. After picking a few things you want to do, come up with a plan to achieve each one and set a date when you'd like to finish it by. Learn more about setting career goals here.
Another great way to improve your career is to invest in yourself through career development opportunities. Do a little research early in the year about new classes or certifications that are available in your career field and how they may benefit you. Often times, getting a new certification can not only increase you career prospects, but also your potential salary. If you are currently employed, check with your company about career development opportunities they have available or are willing to pay for. Learn more about the importance of career development here.
Another thing that can help you jump start your career this year is to explore what opportunities are available in your career field or in another that you are interested in. It can be very easy for anyone to fall into a routine with their career and not stay up to date on new job opportunities, current pay rates, and new technologies that have been developed. Take a little time this month to research what is available in your field and, if you're currently employed, what opportunities you have at your current company. If you're looking to explore new opportunities, QPS can help. Find + contact our branches closest to you here.
Doing these 3 things will help you get a jump on your career development this year. What career goals do you hope to accomplish this year?