The end of a calendar year brings along a palpable change in the air, with every person looking to become a new and improved version of themselves by making actionable plans and taking steps in that direction. The need to improve your overall sense of being involves steps that improve your health and lifestyle, as well as a plan to grow professionally.

Your career is something you’re never really satisfied with, and want to continuously enhance. So irrespective of the fact whether you had a great 2016 career-wise or not, we give you some tips to make 2017 an even better year for you!

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Start by Looking Back

As the year comes to a close, everyone is looking to forget everything that happened in the previous year and make a fresh start, but it’s very important to review the year gone by to be able to set better and achievable goals for 2017. Take some time off, and sit down and document everything that happened with you career wise in 2016 – the good, the bad and the ugly. Document your milestones, the turning points at work and also do a comparative analysis on how much positive change was brought about to your personal position by the initiatives you took and the changes you made. Being able to chart all these details down will give you amazing insight into what worked and what didn’t, and you’ll find the answers of what you need to do next within these insights.

Research Before Anything Else

It can be very tempting to jump into a new job when you are frustrated with your current one and see an opportunity that’s even remotely related to something that you would like to be doing. At this point, it’s very important to take a deep breath and do some research. Is the job market looking up? Is the career that you are looking to get into going to be lucrative 5 years down the line? Does your chosen line of work need additional skills that you must acquire before getting into the job? Are there any existing courses or certifications that you could undertake to significantly improve your career growth in your existing organization? All these and many more questions need a detailed and structured unbiased research from your end to ensure that you’re taking a well-informed decision that guarantees returns.

Choose a Direction, Write it Down

Once you’ve conducted a fair amount of research into the job market, your areas of likes and dislikes, you’ll have a fairly good idea of the 2, 3 or more directions that you can take with your career. It’s now time to choose one of these directions and start writing down the steps of how you’re going to go about achieving your goals in this direction. Having a written down and documented plan will allow you to keep referring back to it and important junctures. When documenting your plan, have milestones set up regarding where you expect to see yourself 3 months down the line, and then evaluate your performance against these milestones to make changes as required.
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Growth is Continuous and Compulsory

It is key to remember that growth never stops. Even if you have decided to stick in your current job, or taken up something new, you need to have a game plan for how you will grow within the job. One of the best ways of doing this would be to discover courses in your area of work that can help you enhance your skillset. For example, if you’ve taken up a Project Management job, you can become a PMP Certified Professional; if you’ve taken up a Delivery and Execution related job in the IT sector, you can become ITIL certified, etc. Having these certifications will allow you to differentiate yourself and rise above your peers. betterU has 6,500+ courses under various categories to help you set yourself on a path of continuous improvement.

Update Your Growth Indicators and Stay Connected

Most people have a habit of updating their LinkedIn profiles and CVs only once they decide to switch jobs. This new year, plan to change that and ensure that you’re working year round on your career growth indicators and showcase on social media because you never know when the right moment comes and a recruiter comes across your profile! Continually updating this information will also give you a measure of how much growth you’re experiencing through your plan. Online job assessments such as AMCAT also provide you with scores that are actively considered by employers as well as job portals during the recruitment process, giving you another edge over your peers.

Equipped with these tips and by setting sensible, achievable and time-based goals, you can ensure that your career goes in the direction you want it to. To accelerate your growth this New Year, invest in yourself by investing in learning. Visit www.betterU.in to know more about our courses!