As the New Year is right around the corner, it is important to reflect on your career journey and determine if your goals are being met. To help get you started, here are five questions to consider:
1. Am I Happy With My Job?
Take the time to evaluate your current job. Ask yourself if it meets your short-term and long-term career objectives. Are the work duties and responsibilities satisfying? Are you growing and developing your skills? Is the salary what you need?
2. Have I Grown in the Last Year?
Reflect on your year-over-year growth. Did you learn something new or take on different responsibilities? Did you run any personal development or career-furthering initiatives? What work-related or educational accomplishments have you achieved?
3. Do I have Sufficient Opportunity at My Current Job?
Consider if you have the opportunity you need from your current job. Are there career advancement prospects to grow and change your role? Are you able to take on projects that increase your skillset? Is the organization investing in you and your future?
4. Am I Networking Enough?
In the digital age, it is more important than ever to stay connected and leverage professional networks. Take stock of the people you’ve connected with and how you’re utilizing these relationships. If necessary, explore ways to expand your professional network and connect with other thought leaders in your field.
5. Do I Enjoy Going to Work?
It is impossible to be successful over the course of a career if you don’t enjoy going to work each day. Evaluate your motivation levels and consider if there are ways to make the job more satisfactory. Are there ways to improve job satisfaction? Are there opportunities to become more personally fulfilled by the job?
These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself this New Year to evaluate your career progress and determine if your goals are being met. Asking yourself these questions regularly can help to ensure you are getting the most out of your job and progressing towards your career aspirations.