Take a short, end-of-year inventory
As this year winds down and a new one approaches, what changes may be in store for you, career or job-wise, in the new year? Is your job secure? How is your company doing in the marketplace? What is happening in your department? Have you seen or heard of changes on the horizon? What have you done to augment your career? Now is a good time to ask yourself, “What am I doing today to enhance my skills and experience and expand my network of contacts?”
You owe it to yourself and family to take an active role in your job security. Is it time for a professional inventory? Give some thought to:
- How is my attitude and professionalism at work?
- How do I get along with my colleagues?
- What have been my accomplishments over the last 12 months?
- How have I enhanced my job skills? Classes, certifications, seminars, etc.?
- Have I stayed in touch with past colleagues and other work relationships? Am I developing positive professional relationships with colleagues both within and outside my company?
- Have I set personal and professional goals for the new year?
- What have I done in the past year to challenge myself?
- What does success mean to me today?
Remember, the only thing that you can count on is change. Answering some or all the above will help toward preparing you for any work changes that will come in the new year. Luckily, we have choices. A deeper self-awareness and preparedness will give you confidence to make good ones as you move through the new year.
– Cathy Synko