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We’re about to be inundated with “year-in-review” stories from nearly every media outlet. Follow their lead and conduct your own review for the previous 12 months.

Did you meet your goal of streamlining the expense reimbursement process? Are you now an Excel guru? Did you make it to that certification course you vowed you’d attend? Or did these lofty plans get put on the back burner when more pressing projects cropped up?

Now’s a great time to re-evaluate where you are professionally and decide where you hope to be a year from now. If you’re feeling stagnant in your career, take a look at what skills will invigorate you.

Plan which courses or certifications will increase your skill set and are attainable from both a financial and scheduling viewpoint. For example, hoping to become proficient creating presentations on the iPad? Apple offers free in-store courses, which can help grow your skill set. Does your office offer an administrator’s track of courses? With a variety of webinars, online podcasts and videos, you can determine when you learn the material.

Identify opportunities outside of work to grow your skills. Join an organization, association or non-profit that allows you to try your hand at leading, fundraising or speaking in front of others. Research shows volunteering often creates ideal situations to hone a new skill. Plus, it’s the perfect spot to work through your comfort zone and risk.

Lead the charge. If you’re waiting for someone else to make it happen, you’ll be in the same place a year from now. So take responsibility for your professional growth by seeking out new learning opportunities.

Log your activity. Create a file where you save any certificates you receive, but also keep track of the time and energy you’ve invested. That way, this time next year you can share these accolades with your supervisor, upping your chances for a promotion or raise. At a minimum, you can conduct your own year-in-review with pride at what you’ve accomplished.

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