The New Year is almost upon us. It’s the time of year that many of us make new resolutions for the coming year. You might make plans to lose weight, stop smoking, change career, or any number of other potential changes for your life.
There are many good reasons for beginning to look for a new career.
At this time of year, many of us look to change careers, as the potential for change, for a new us, is abundant in the media, which is very powerful indeed.
Home Life Balance
Looking at our home life balance is often at the forefront of what people want to do as a life change, often based around the desire to work in an area that we enjoy. Who wouldn’t want to be able to choose their working hours, or have a part-time job to top up an existing job, and work at time that suits you?
Opportunities Become Available
It’s like one of those eureka moments, when you realise something is within your grasp. A promotion comes up, a new idea ticks around your brain, or you make a decision on the spot, to find something new to do. You might be looking for a new role, or increased responsibility, but it might not be available at your place of work, so you look elsewhere.
Many of us dream of doing something different, but for one reason or another, don’t take that jump forward. One year, that New Year spur to change, when you are in the right frame of mind, could be the year you start doing something about it.
You’ve spoken to someone who’s given you a great idea, and started off a chain reaction in your head, where it’s buzzing with the potential of new opportunities and potential.
You spot the perfect training for you. It fits around your current job, or is at the right price, and fits in with your future plans.
Many of us get to this point. We don’t want to work for someone else any more. If the opportunity arises for us to work for ourselves, and the training and prospects are right, then we may just decide to take the plunge and change the direction of our lives, or just add to it.
You decide to take the resolution you make every year, and turn it into a smart target, or a goal you can work towards, and potentially achieve. There are very few of us who don’t know about making goals, but we do often forget how to make them realistic and achievable in our lives.
To make goals we can meet, they have to smart goals that we can work towards, without being so far out of reality, that we can’t ever reach them. Our goals need to be well-defined.
- Know what you want to achieve. What is that goal? Pin it down to a point where we can work out the steps to progress. Start with your CV, and make it readable, decide what you want to do, or which industry you want to work in, and gather information on how to find work in that industry.
- Focus on what you enjoy and what you are good at. If chemistry isn’t your thing, don’t look at work as a scientist. If being pampered is top of your list of things you enjoy, consider beauty and holistic therapies.
- Set a time to achieve your goals. If you need to retrain, find out how, and how long it takes to complete the course. Will you learn by attending college, doing theory online, or via private schools with accredited learning? Know how long each step within a step takes.
- Make the goals meaningful. Something you want to do. Write it down and make sure you keep a record of progress.
- Add a timescale to your written goals. Make the timescale one you can meet. Don’t put down that you want to be a fully fledged beauty consultant in two months, if it will take you six months to do the theory.
- Monitor your progress and revise your goals as you go. If it’s taking longer to do something than you planned for, rearrange your time schedule instead of being despondent about your progress. Sometimes life gets in the way, and rather than abandoning your plans, just revise them.
- Keep your written goals somewhere you can see them. On the fridge, as your screen saver, or your wall……..
- Lastly, enjoy the process. It’s taking you somewhere you want to go.