New Year, New Career.

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The end of 2018 is fast approaching, and the New Year is just around the corner. To some, this means a time to attempt to eat healthier, drink less or take up a new hobby, others are thinking – new year, new career. This can be the perfect time to find that all-important role.

January is always a prime time to look for a new job. Organisations have fresh budgets and new recruitment plans. Start off with a bang!

It’s now the time of year when many often review their achievements, goals, careers and simply ask themselves the question,

Do I still enjoy my job?

It isn’t easy to decide what career path to go down or what changes need to be made, but it is so important to ask yourself a series of questions when a potential change is upon you.

  1. Have you progressed in 2018 and have you learnt something new?
  2. What do you like and dislike about your job and company?
  3. Are you being paid fairly?
  4. What have you achieved?

There are so many other questions you can ask yourself and it can be daunting realising your answer.

If the answer wasn’t what you were expecting its good to remember those goals, you gave yourself at the beginning of the year. But if you didn’t/haven’t set yourself goals, then we need to touch on why goals are so important?

We need goals in our lives, just as much as a captain needs a compass to navigate the seas. They help us to continue to improve and better ourselves.

How do we set goals?

Keep in mind the mnemonic acronym, penned by George T. Doran, dating back to November 1981 in an issue of Management Review, which addressed S.M.A.R.T. goal setting when referring to businesses management’s objectives. But then think again to S.M.A.R.T.E.R goal setting, taking it two steps further and bringing in the evaluation and readjustment to your goals. This is vital to you achieving your goals in life. We don’t want to get into the routine of setting goals and then never measuring or tracking them and then getting to the point where we are putting things off or thinking we’ve got closer to reaching our goals when in fact we haven’t at all.

What are the 7 steps to S.M.A.R.T.E.R?








Ensuring you include these in creating your goals will help you in pursuing the career you want and evaluating it down the line to ensure you reach your goals in the future.

Are your career plans in place?

Planning your career or change of will help you focus and truly understand what It is you want to apply for. So, take the time to reflect on yourself, what sector you want to go into and how you can get the experience needed to develop your skill sets to land that job.

What steps do you need to take when career planning?

  1. Organise your job search. In order to do this, write down a list of things you need to do to get that specific role you are looking for. This may include making a note of the roles you are interested in pursuing, the companies you’d like to work for and then writing down the steps you plan on taking to help you gain an interview there. What are these steps?
    • Adjusting your CV
    • Researching the company
    • Brushing up on some interview skills

All of which will help you feel more organised and prepared.

  1. Take the time out to search for that ideal job, doing so will help you to feel prepared for the new year. It may be the last thing you want to do while your enjoying some time off, but it’ll be well worth your time and much more effective seeing a variety of different job openings.
  2. Ensure your CV is prepared. Sometimes this can be the last thing we think of, and especially when we are working it can often be challenging to find the time to make the needed amendments, but now with a few day’s off, it’s the perfect time to make those changes.
  3. Don’t do everything last minute. You’ve just finished work, college or university for the break and well you know you need to look for a job but at that time it’s the last thing on your mind. So, you wait for the new year, however the more you put it off the harder it will be to start. Make sure you manage your time well and start submitting for those job applications.

We aim to equip you with the needed information and appropriate tools to effectively plan your career. Planning your new career before undertaking any training programme’s or additional education can avoid a poor use of your time and energy. Contact us if you are interested in our Career planning workshop. 01933 678110 OR email

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