Where to from here?
New Year’s Resolutions for Your Career
I can’t stand New Year’s Resolutions, unless we’re talking about Bridget Jones’s Diary, in which case, I fully support Bridget cutting back on those ciggies and leading a more healthy and hilarious life. NYRs are usually superficial promises that women’s mags encourage, and that 99% of people hastily forget about after the clock strikes midnight and a couple more bubblies are downed. A NYR for my career however – that’s something I can get around. Thinking about where we’ve been and where we want to go is a productive task in itself and will help you feel inspired, or at least more comfortable, with your work situation this year. My career NYR is to do what I love and get paid for it, keep on learning and make new friends. I believe the key to any positive career move is professional development (PD). PD is all about ongoing learning, keeping yourself relevant, informed, engaged and most importantly, keeping yourself happy! PD is a no-brainer for me and I hope that this article stirs your passion for PD too!
Everyone I speak to about the profession is wondering where to from here; the employed, unemployed, qualified, non-qualified, inspired, and uninspired, are all thinking about what 2017 will bring for the GLAMR industry. With ongoing budget cuts, restructures, evolving work environments and changing expectations, it doesn’t matter if you’re happy and content or miserable and uncertain, it seems everyone is thinking about their career path this year.
Those who are happy with their jobs and career path may be thinking about how to keep their position and workplace relevant, and how to keep themselves relevant. Those who aren’t happy with their jobs may be looking for work elsewhere, aspiring for an internal promotion, thinking about a career change or just stewing in the same spot unhappily! And those who don’t have jobs may be studying for a qualification, on the job hunt, or like me, on leave and thinking about their return to work.
This blog hit my Instagram feed at just the right time. At the time of starting this post, my baby turned 12 weeks old! Violet is a magical little creature and bloody hard work, and my days and nights are an endless cycle of snuggles, poops, crying, smiling, feeding and naps (all of these are applicable to both her and me). Every now and then I am slowly starting to feel like myself again. With each day the fog of sleep deprivation lifts as I learn to function on broken sleep, large lattes and the occasional Nescafe Blend 43. As the fog clears I yearn to check my email, I scroll through my GLAMR inspo social media accounts and hit my favourite news websites to learn what’s going on in the world. I don’t know how parents of babies functioned without a smart phone in their hand during 2am feeds. So I have been hungrily consuming the news and keeping up-to-date from the comfort of my home, but I was missing the engagement. I wanted to share how I’m continuing my learning and hear about what you are all up to and what media and content keeps you inspired.
With a small munchkin to care for I am even more conscious of keeping in touch with the GLAMR world and finding PD and career opportunities that will suit my new lifestyle. My career NYR is to do what I love and get paid for it, keep on learning and make new friends. Easy! So here we are. Library Whisperers is ticking a few boxes for my NYR: I’ve already learnt a lot from the posts on here and the constructive conversations they have started, and I hope you will comment/tweet/tag me and we can connect and learn from each other.
Here are a few of my favourite PD fixes and career inspiration:
Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg
- Daring and Disruptive by Lisa Messenger
Browsing my LinkedIn news feed is always inspiring! Connect with me - check out my profile, connections and groups for ideas of people and organisations to engage with.
What are your Career New Year's Resolutions?
Let us know what you think and share what gets you revved up to succeed.