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Forget New Year’s Resolutions, Be Resolute in Your Career Instead

Ditch traditional resolutions and embrace a new approach to personal and professional growth this year for your career success.

When we start a new year, it’s easy to get swept up in the age-old tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. While setting personal goals is commendable, it’s time to shift your focus from fleeting promises to enduring resolutions, particularly in your career journey. 

What is career resoluteness and why embrace it?  

In a world where the future of work is continually evolving – traditional career structures rapidly evolve, and jobs and skills become outdated, you may be asking yourself: Am I in the right job? Do I have the right skills? Am I working in the right industry?

These big questions can be overwhelming. By embracing career resoluteness, you can maintain a steadfast approach to your career development, leading to greater fulfilment and achievement in the long run. 

Through persistence, resilience, and a proactive mindset, you can navigate obstacles, adapt to changes, and ultimately achieve long-term success in your careers. 

How to be resolute in your career?

It’s time to break away from the conventional idea of a career as a set route and transition from being a passive spectator to an active creator of your career journey. 

Here are five ways you can start taking charge of your career, with a focus on continuous improvement and staying motivated in pursuing your professional aspirations.

1. Self-reflection and goal setting

Take time for meaningful self-reflection. Assess your strengths, weaknesses, interests, and values. Identify specific, measurable, and achievable career goals that align with your long-term vision. Start by thinking about what you’re content with and what you’re not. Consider the following questions:

  • Are you happy with your current job?
  • If not, what would you like to change about it?
  • If yes, what would you like to improve or do more of?
  • Are you working towards a promotion?
  • Do you want more responsibility in your current role?

Breaking down these objectives into smaller, more manageable tasks fosters a sense of accomplishment along the way.

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2. Continuous learning and skill development

Commit to acquiring new skills, staying abreast of industry trends, and investing in professional development. Whether through online courses, workshops, or networking events, pursuing knowledge ensures you remain relevant and adaptable in a rapidly changing world.

Focus on your professional development. This allows you to add new skills to your resume, which sets you up for success when applying for a promotion or a new job in your progression plans.

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3. Networking and relationship building

Allocate time and effort towards expanding your professional network. You can attend industry conferences, join online forums, and engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues. Building a robust professional network not only opens doors to new opportunities but also provides a support system for navigating challenges.

Do note that networking is about building relationships over time. It’s important to treat the relationship as a mutually beneficial one where you meet new people and nurture existing connections formed on a basis of trust.

Read More: Networking: Is it Still Relevant in the Digital Age?

4. Embracing challenges and failures

Resoluteness in your career requires a willingness to face challenges head-on and learn from failures. Embrace the lessons that come with setbacks and use them as stepping stones for future success. Adapting to change and overcoming obstacles is an integral part of a fulfilling and resilient career journey.

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5. Work-life balance and well-being

In the pursuit of career resoluteness, it’s crucial to strike a balance between professional ambitions and personal well-being. Resolve to prioritise self-care, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and nurture your mental and physical health.

Need help in your career journey?

Forget the short-lived promises and instead, be resolute in crafting a fulfilling and prosperous career journey. If you’re unsure of where to start, fret not. Workforce Singapore has an array of platforms specially designed to help you achieve your career aspirations. Check them out!


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