It’s a New Year and many people have set (or are at least talking about) resolutions. Most of us are notorious for making New Year resolutions and quickly forgetting them by mid-January! But, you can’t afford to call it quits so soon when it’s career goals we’re talking about.
Your career goals may range from obtaining more satisfaction from your current role to striving for a promotion or moving on to new opportunities. It’s time to work out how you will achieve these goals and plan on how to get there.
Make Your Career Goals Happen
1. Negativity is contagious! To retain your motivation, stay away from those that bring you down with their pessimistic and complaining behaviors.
2. Make a list of short and long-term goals. The short-term goals can be incorporated into a daily task list in the morning, while you cross off tasks as you complete them. This will help you realize you are really achieving something. Make sure to flag the priorities on your list.
3. Reward yourself and stay motivated. We all like to be appreciated and enjoy a sense of achievement. Reward yourself if you finish an important project, reach a goal or sales target. Even small rewards of little monetary value will make all the difference.
4. Seek out further skills you can learn in your current workplace. Gaining new expertise will also enhance your future employment prospects.
5. Think about additional education is required to move on to a new employment role and enroll in further study now. There will be many learning opportunities available online and part-time (see our University Partners’ programs). Check if your current employer offers tuition reimbursement.
6. If you have tried everything to stay motivated and you just can’t make it work, consider the role, or company you’d rather be working for. Unfortunately, some workplaces will just not fulfill your daily satisfaction, needs or long-term career objectives.
If a change is part of your career goals for 2018 you may want to examine different career profiles, or opportunities described in the Careers In Agriculture E-Book.
Serious now about starting the search? Begin by adding or updating your resume in the AgCareers.com database. Then be proactive; use some of the smart search tools AgCareers.com offers: