The fireworks and celebrations may already seem like a distant memory as you dive headlong into 2019. Just like that, one year has ended and another’s begun--and you may be wondering why you’re still in the same job today as you were one, two or even 10 years ago.
You’re not alone.
In fact, more than half of Americans report being unhappy in their jobs. But what’s the difference between them and you? They just keep going in the same direction--but you are about to change your life.
Maybe you made a resolution to take life (and your career) by the reins in 2019 instead of being a silent bystander. We love resolutions as much as the next person, but statistically, as we all know, a majority of resolutions are broken within the first few weeks of the year. Life happens, we get busy--so we wait for another year to try that resolution again.
But we’ve got news for you. Taking charge of your career and life isn’t about a New Year’s resolution. It’s about a daily commitment to better yourself and become the right person for the job (and life!) you want.
So yes, aim to keep your New Year resolutions--but make a daily decision to do what it takes to improve your career outlook.
Here are four things you can resolve to do today--and every day--to become the person for the happier job you want to land in 2019.
Research industry trends
Are you passionate about a particular industry that you may or may not be in at this time? Get on top of the trends in the industry to stay relevant and competitive. Are you into tech? It’s come a long way since the days of DOS. With blockchain and artificial intelligence on the mind of nearly every tech company (for example), getting your foot in the door of key areas can improve your chances of owning and loving your future.
Expand your skills
Education should be a lifelong pursuit. And today, there are plenty of ways for you to learn new, highly-relevant skills. From online university courses, MOOC courses from platforms like Udemy and Coursera, and niche courses from industry experts, there’s a world of knowledge at your fingertips. And that knowledge could expand your employer prospects! So pick out some new skills to learn, or expand upon existing skills to make yourself a more desirable candidate.
Ask questions and keep learning
The successful person never stops learning, whether or not they’re taking a formal course. One thing successful people know is that you must become curious--about everything. Develop a curiosity that gets you asking questions, to learn and become the best you that you can be.
Expand your mind
While novels may help stretch your imagination, we’ve got something a little different in mind. Get inspired by reading biographies of people you admire. Or pick up a book on mindset and attitudes to uncover and discard any “stinkin’ thinkin’” as Zig Ziglar called it. Read up on an area of interest to expand your thinking and knowledge and maybe learn to do something new, even if, at this point, it’s only in theory.
Need some ideas? Books like How to Win Friends and Influence People can improve your relational and communication skills, and help you feel more confident as you network and interview. Mid-Life Career Rescue by Cassandra Gaisford can empower you with inspiration and tips to make a shift that may have been long in coming. And Bill Burnett and Dave Evans’ book, Designing Your Life: How to build a well-lived, joyful life shows “how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.” The books and resources are endless, so go explore, read, apply and grow.
Ready, set, go. It's time to prepare yourself to get the happiest job of your dreams!