Last year, I tried to address my fears, from dancing in front of strangers to trying the crock pot. That was a fun resolution but nothing that I would worry about if I forgot about it by the mid-year mark. In 2013, however, I’ve decided to seriously focus on my career. I’ve noticed not-too-subtle signs that my reputation at work has fallen. I don’t get the big, showy projects. I am loaded with more repetitive “grunt” work. Someone thought I had the time to join the party planning committee. Unless I re-invest in my career capital (read Cloud’s great post about career capital), I think I’m in danger of phasing myself out of a job.
So here are my 2013 Goals:
Read Career-related articles at least once a week or more!: As Cloud suggested, it’s a good idea to use your lunch hour or at least half of it, to read up on career-related articles. Although this sounds easy, it’s much easier for me to spend that time reading glossy magazines or books!
Attend 1 career-related event or seminar: There are many conferences related to my field and I don’t really think they can help my career. However, it doesn’t hurt to attend one or two. You never know who you’ll connect with!
Learn A New Skill, or Improve Current Skills: I hope to do this at work. Taking Revanche’s advice, I’m going to take the initiative to ask my boss for more challenges.
Start A Side Business! This is a big one as well as a tricky one because it involves family. A side project is a perfect opportunity to stretch my skill set and test out the effectiveness of my ideas. However, it’s also likely that this will go nowhere unless I act more like a hands-on business partner than a consultant.
Update C.V. and Linked In: It’s time to dust off that old C.V. and make sure all my current skills and accomplishments are there. I also need to look at job listings and see what’s out there. It may simply be time to move on and start fresh.
Do What You Love?: I would also like to take a moment or two to think about what really makes me happy at work, and to think about my next career move. Part of me thinks I can stay in my field until retirement age, but another part of me thinks that I probably would need to re-invent myself later in life.
I also want to take this time to thank Revanche, Cloud, Nicole&Maggie, Hush and many others who have chimed in with career-related advice from time to time. I realized that I only have one real-life friend who I can discuss this topic with, and when we meet in person, we have so many other things to talk about that career isn’t top of the mind. I can’t really talk about this with my freelancing husband because he doesn’t quite have the understanding of long-time office politics, AND any talk of job insecurity will freak him out. So, thanks all! If not for you guys, I probably would have remained too complacent about my career.
Are you thinking about your 2013 resolutions/goals yet? Any ideas that I could add to my list above?
BTW, I need to print out this post or I’ll probably forget my own resolution by mid-year!