Looking back over the last year, how has your career (and job search) been going? If you are like many people, you are just thankful to have a job, any job that pays the bills. However, now may be a good time to take a close look at what has been happening in your career and if you are honoring your skills and abilities to the fullest. Why is this important? Well, first it gives you a direction of where you’re headed. Second, it can inspire you to take on new responsibilities and challenges.
Here are some ways to evaluate your career success for 2015, with a plan of action for the next year.
In the last 12 months, what have you learned?
Taking a look back over the last year, have you learned something new about your job, your skills, or yourself as a human being? If so, then you are taking the right path to success. If not, it’s time to do some self-improvement. Attend more training sessions, take a few classes, and learn some new concepts to expand your mind and your skillsets. Pick one of two educational classes to attend and talk to your boss. Get them on the books. Employers like to see their people be proactive when it comes to becoming better in their roles, or better people.
Do your peers at work respect you?
You may wonder what your co-workers think about you, especially if you have been a job for the first couple of years. Are you known for being knowledge or proficient in a specific area? Maybe it’s time to take your place and get the respect you deserve by getting really good at something. Be the person that others look to for guidance this year. If you don’t know what others think, be bold and ask. Ask those around you what they think and ask for feedback. We all want those that we work with to respect us, but if we don’t know where they are coming from or what they need from us, how can you be a better co-worker or employee?
Are you using all of your talents at work?
A good many people worry that their current job does not afford them the chance to use all of their talents. This can be frustrating and limits your career success. Ask your supervisor if you can explore some new tasks at work that can tap into these talents and interests. Or seek a temporary assignment that enables you to work in a career that more closely matches your abilities.
Hopefully, by evaluating your career path over the last year, you will have a better idea of where you’d like to head in the coming year.
Is career growth and advancement on your radar for 2016?
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