As 2013 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on all the changes over the past year.
New city, new job, new challenges, new friends and experiences; it’s been an amazing year and I’ve stuck to my 2013 resolution of being open to new experiences and emerging myself into San Francisco life during my first year here.
However, for 2014, in addition to a personal new year’s resolution, I’m going to make professional resolutions as well.
As a rising professional I think it’s important to have goals for every aspect of your life, especially for your career. Throughout the years, you may be so caught up in your current job that you don’t step back to look at what you want to achieve in the course of your entire career. This is where career resolutions can be very beneficial. Setting professional goals each year will help prevent you from getting stuck and improve the possibility of moving yourself toward where you want to be with each passing year.
This year, my professional new year’s resolution is to improve my network and communication skills. I hope to improve my network by attending professional mixers and setting up meetings with professionals I admire to discuss career development. I plan to improve my communication skills by participating in groups like Toastmasters, and also consciously speaking up and voicing my opinion more in the workplace.
As for my personal goals, I hope to meet new friends, become a pro at navigating San Francisco and stay in shape.
Despite whether or not you fulfilled your 2013 resolutions, look ahead to a new year of possibilities and start fresh with two new resolutions in 2014.
What are your professional and personal resolutions for 2014?