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Young Money: Setting professional goals

blog by Caitlin Campbell McNulty  • 

It’s a new year, which means many of us are busy making personal resolutions for the year. But how about your professional resolutions? Have you made those yet?

Perhaps even more so than personal resolutions, I think setting career goals at the start of the year is one of the most important things someone can do to further a career.

By thinking about what you want to accomplish in a professional setting through the year, you give yourself a chance to learn new things and stretch yourself.

Professional resolutions also act as goals to aim for throughout the year. At the end of each year, not only will you get a review from your employer, but you’ll now be able to review yourself as well with benchmarks for which to compare.

So, to hold myself accountable this year, I’m going to share my professional resolutions with you. In December, we’ll see how well I did in accomplishing my own professional goals.

1) Start my master’s degree: I’ve been thinking about getting my master’s for the past few years, but have been pretty good at finding reasons not to so far.

Well, I’ve finally figured out what I want to get my master’s in, where I want to get it and I’m ready to put the time and effort into making it work. This is the year to start.

2) Get more involved and engaged in the community: In my previous job, I organized and attended a lot of different types of events, meaning I got to interact with a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds.

Now, while I am still involved in planning events, it’s for a much more focused user group. I need to find a way to get re-engaged this year with some of the groups and people that I met throughout the past few years.

3) Participate in more leadership development opportunities: As a community, we’re finally starting to recognize that young professionals are staying here and looking for ways to grow and become leaders.

This year, I want to find new ways to develop my leadership skills – preferably with other young pros.

4) Raise my hand more: This year, I am going to push myself out of my comfort zone professionally more than ever before.

Whenever an opportunity comes my way to step up and tackle a new project, I want to say yes. You never know what doors will open by saying yes, and I want to make sure I take full advantage of all of them.

Now it’s your turn. What are your professional resolutions for 2014? What do you want to accomplish this year? Leave your goals in the comments below and we’ll hold each other accountable throughout the year.

(Header photo courtesy of Flickr / Vanhookc. Interior photo of the graduation cap is from Flickr / Barks of Love)

TAGGED: caitlin campbell mcnulty, career goals, new year's resolutions, young money, young professionals

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