A resolution topic that’s always on the top lists has to do with… careers! Many times people make the resolution to quit their job and get a new one. But what if you like your job? There are still resolutions you can make that will help advance your career and set you up for success not just in the present but for the future as well!
I really wanted to come up with some ideas for goals or resolutions that you can make that do not include quitting or getting a new job! So here we go…
Join a Career Specific Organization
This one is at the top of my list because it’s something I really am looking forward to doing this year! There are plenty of groups or organizations that are specifically made for people with careers in specific industries. I am really excited to join a Women in Marketing organization because, well, I work in marketing! Makes sense right? Do a quick google search for organizations near you, that are in your industry, and join!
The benefits of joining one of these organizations is networking, finding a mentor, and events or workshops that will help you advance your knowledge or skills.
Attend Networking Events
If you’re not sure you want to hand over the money to join an organization, attend some networking events. They’re easy to find – google “Networking Events” and whatever city you’re located in and poof! You’ll find some! Also check Eventbrite and search for them there too!
Events are a great way to meet people in your industry as well as other industries. You never know who may be looking to hire your specific skill set, or who you may meet that may lead to a career opportunity in the future. Make sure when you go to events that you dress professionally, bring business cards, and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself!
Start a Blog
I’m a big fan of blogging..clearly. But if you don’t want to blog for fun, blog professionally. Create a blog that’s very professional, where you can share information with other professionals in your same industry, or for consumers, if you’re in a business that sells products or services. No matter what your industry there will be a variety of topics that you can write about that will ultimately establish you as an expert – even if you’re just starting out!
Just make sure you start posting consistently. Perhaps once a week, once a month at the least. This is a great tool and outlet that you will be able to show future employers as well as be able to connect with other professionals in your industry.
Further Your Education
This doesn’t mean you need to go back to college, but that is an option. If you are at a point in your career that looking at graduate school or even bachelor’s or associates degrees makes sense then make a plan to start researching your options. If you would rather not invest that type of time (or money!), or perhaps you already have one of the above degrees and don’t need another, there are other options.
Depending on your industry there are typically workshops or events that will help you enhance your skills (which is why it is so beneficial to join a professional organization, hint, hint) or you could look at a single course at a community college that you may be able to find that will help you enhance a specific skill or area of expertise. There are also online webinars that you may be able to take too.
There are also websites like, Skillshare, for creatives and entrepreneurs that has over 13,000 classes. Wow! There’s everything from advancing your excel skills to email marketing. I’ve learned so much through their classes – bonus they have classes on blogging too if you want to pursue my suggestion above!
What are your career goals for 2017? Let me know in the comments!