With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to think about how to make the upcoming year your best yet. By making a few changes to how you approach your career, you’ll be well on your way to making 2015 a banner year.
1. Plan. Roy Cohen, career coach and author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide, recommends you establish concrete career goals and a game plan to achieve them. “If winning sports teams and A-list companies engage in a planning process so should you,” he says. “Like them, build in a way to measure your progress and to tweak the process along the way.”
2. Get feedback. Seek feedback from others as you work on setting these goals, both to make sure they’re reasonable and to help keep you on track and excited, Cohen says. Positive and practical feedback from the people you admire goes a long way in maintaining focus and commitment.”
3. Develop yourself. Job training and education are great ways to stretch yourself and keep your professional skills and knowledge up to date. “No matter what your work situation, you will get more out of it if you choose to learn along the way,” says Jessica G. Hartung, founder and CEO of Integrated Work.
She recommends establishing a learning agenda. “Identify one to three areas that you want to learn more about. It could be a skill, industry knowledge,, negotiation tactics, problem solving, resilience.”
4. Play the long game. As you work toward achieving your career goals, remember that whatever you learn and do will add to your experience and help you build for the future. “Workplaces offer incredible opportunities to stretch ourselves, try new things, take on challenges and make a difference in our lives, and in those around us,” Hartung says. “Use the work experience to grow your skills, capabilities, and knowledge, because investments in yourself pay dividends long after your paycheck is spent.”