It’s almost the New Year, a great time to reflect on all aspects of your life and decide on your resolutions for the coming year. You may be focused on your personal goals, like saving money for a major investment, hitting the gym more, or spending more time with your family. However, it is just as important that you remember your professional goals and resolutions as well.
Ask yourself 5 key questions
There are a few questions you should ask yourself about your job and your general attitude at work. Be honest with yourself because that’s the only way to identify your needed career resolutions and implement meaningful change.
1. Are you happy?
Your happiness at work is crucial. Do you get up every day excited to go into your office? Or are you spending your weekends dreading Monday morning? Your office is a place you spend a large portion of your time, so why stick around if you truly aren’t happy?
Try to figure out exactly what it is that is bringing you down about your job. Perhaps it is the type of work you do, your coworkers, or your boss. In this case, a career move to a new company and job title may be in your forecast for the New Year.
2. Are you just going through the motions?
Has work become monotonous? Are you doing the same day-to-day tasks with significantly less enthusiasm than you once were? Similar to the previous point, it is important that you are enjoying your work in order to promote your happiness.
No matter what type of work you do, we can almost guarantee that there is a role out there that precludes you from feeling like another cog in the machine. If you are looking for a job where your day-to-day duties are far from monotonous, chase that dream in the coming year.
3. Do you have room to grow?
You may be staying in an unhappy role because you hope to earn a promotion. But ask yourself if that’s a realistic goal for you. Even if you are overqualified for a promotion, a lot of other elements go into the decision that may prevent you from ever making that career move at your company. If your company is facing budgetary constraints, this may limit you from earning that much-deserved raise for the time being.
If your job title and compensation are starting to stagnate with no signs of change, you may be interested in finding a new job in the next couple of months.
4. Are you satisfied with the benefits, compensation, etc.?
Needing and/or wanting a higher compensation (but keep it realistic) is a totally acceptable reason for you to consider making a change in the coming year.
5. Are you satisfied with the management and team?
Your manager may play a role in your forward motion at the company, and if you have a poor relationship with them, then your progression may be stunted.
The same thing goes for coworkers. Working with a cooperative and efficient team can make all of the difference in your productivity and overall happiness at your place of work.
Perhaps instead of looking for a new job in the New Year, you make your resolution to improve your relationships with your peers and superiors. If your only complaint is that you don’t get along with the people, consider that the problem may be with your attitude and work on adjusting that instead of your entire career.
Reflect on the good
Identify the positives in your job. What do you enjoy most? Remember that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and you might not be seeing your current role as clearly as you think you are.
Think about your coworkers. Do you get along with them? Would you consider them to be friends? This isn’t something everybody is fortunate enough to experience at work, and it certainly isn’t something you should take for granted.
On a similar note, do you find that you work well under the current management style? Do you have a good relationship with your superiors? This certainly isn’t the norm everywhere. Are you willing to risk possibly working with poor management at a new company just for a small pay raise?
Identify your next steps
It’s not enough to simply take stock of your attitude and general satisfaction with your job. Now your duty is to identify your next moves in the coming year. What are you going to do to change your professional future? The time to act is now.
Making a career move doesn’t have to mean that you quit your job and move on to another company, though it certainly can if that’s what you feel is right for your growth. But never underestimate the power of asking for a promotion or taking on new projects that you would have overlooked in previous years. Simple changes like these can completely shift your outlook of your current role.
The holidays are a busy time, but it would serve you to stop for a minute and give yourself the chance to reflect on your professional goals. If you decide that a career change is something on your horizon, Seen is here to help you make your next career move in the New Year.