As they say, there is no time like the present, so say hello to 2016 and 10 New Year Resolutions that will help your career! Remember not all of these may apply to you, but find the ones that do and stick to them!
Join a careers newsletter
Most career websites offer email alerts, which allows you to tailor them to exactly what you are looking for. This will keep you updated for any new jobs that pop up and their deadlines. No more finding out about your dream job, only to see that vacancies are closed until the next year! You might also find out about job roles you hadn’t thought of before. The QMUL Careers & Enterprise website has lots of case studies from past students talking about their different journeys in their careers. https://qmjobsblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/what-can-i-do-with-my-psychology-degree/
Make a list
Write down all the things you hope to achieve career-wise 2016 and tick them off when you accomplish them. Lists are also great to help track progress and give a boost if you’re feeling stuck.
Talk to your boss
This isn’t as scary as it sounds. New opportunities often crop up in the workplace but aren’t widely advertised. Talking to your boss can give an insight into any new roles or perhaps work shadowing opportunities for example, that can teach you about a new sector and help you build up your career. For those of you that don’t have a job, speculative enquiries are also a great way for finding out about upcoming roles!
Use your Careers Centre
Why not make an appointment in the New Year with the Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise Centre? Get advice on how to write a good CV and valuable feedback on applications. Also check out the Careers Centre website and online blog that has lots of tips on how to climb the career ladder. https://qmjobsblog.wordpress.com/. Likewise have a look the Careers Centre for various work experience opportunities. QTemps offers students part time work and QProjects advertises various charitable vacancies around East London. http://tempjobs.london.ac.uk/QueenMary/index.asp
Attend more networking events
Networking events may seem long or even daunting, but it’s a great way to gain desired industry contacts and build up communication skills. Make it a point to attend once a month and follow up with connections made. These events are also good for demonstrating your interest for your chosen industry on applications. A few lines explaining what you learnt can easily show your commitment.
Clear your space
Studies have suggested that cluttered personal spaces affects your ability to focus and process information. A little bit of New Year cleaning will not go amiss and make you less prone to distractions!
Get your thoughts on paper
Alongside your list, a vision board, brainstorm or spreadsheet is a tangible way to represent your dreams, goals and aspirations. Place It somewhere you walk by or pass every day to remind yourself of exactly you want to achieve!
Get information and inspiration from your contacts
Think about who you know and how they can help you. Getting real life knowledge about the world of work or your chosen industry can be incredibly helpful. From the realities of working in a particular job, or how to gain an edge in a competitive labour market, you could also gain insight on work/life balance or the best way to get into a particular type of work for example, all of which will help you to make more informed decisions about your future. Consider contacts from previous work experience, volunteering, family, friends or even people you meet at networking events (see the point 5 above) who can share their pearls of wisdom!
Go to taster or open days
Not quite a full-blown work experience but they do guarantee to give you an idea of what an average day might be like in your chosen field. Not every sector has these, but it is worth asking your department at university or workplace.
Stick to your resolutions
This may seem obvious but it’s easy to let your resolutions fall to the wayside when life gets a bit hectic. Make it one of your goals to stick your goals so that you stay on track in 2016!
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