Tips for setting career goals for the new year

​The time to set new goals is upon us. This time of the year offers us an opportunity to prepare for new beginnings and resolutions. With January being the busiest job searching month of the year, people are constantly seeking opportunities that will advance their careers.


I used to think it was absurd for teachers to ask me where I see myself in 5 years. I used to think I was too young to know but also it was a waste of my time. Little did I know, you need to set clear objectives for your career in order to measure your success.

The arrival of the New Year is a great time to reflect on your past experiences and think about which direction your career should take. In addition, employers are hiring at this time of the year, so you can also get a good feel for the market you'd like to look into.

 The tips below will help you to create your career goals.

1.       Review your work

Look through your academic and employment history to find out which elements you enjoyed or were passionate about.

2.       Start with career research

Read about careers of interest. Identify various careers that interest you and keep narrowing them down. Measure the careers against your preferred skills list and research careers that genuinely appeal so you can find a suitable career for you.

3.       Check out what your friends do

Be curious about the work that people in your social network do. The roles of colleagues, suppliers and clients might interest you and be a good fit for you. These roles can help you develop in certain elements of your career.

4.       Set up a job shadow

Job shadowing is great for your career as you gain concrete exposure to the field. This can create a lot of opportunities for you.

5.       Volunteer to gain experience

Not everything is about money. Look for volunteer positions within your desired career field. Part-time internships are also a great way to gain experience.

6.       Invest in your education

We constantly need to learn new things and develop our knowledge. Consider taking an online class to boost your career skills and understanding of your desired career.

Start the New Year with an active campaign to find new career opportunities. Career focus comes through active engagement with career resources and people in the working environment. Remember, it is never too late to make your move!

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