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6 New Year Resolutions to Boost your Career

13th Jan 2020

It’s the start of a brand new year!

If you’re anything like us here at Ansbury Guidance, you’ll be trying to think of some new year resolutions and planning for the year ahead. The new year often brings new expectations and is typically the time we make promises to ourselves about things we’d like to change in our lives. Whether the changes are personal or professional, it’s an opportunity to review our work life and list the things we’d like to improve or change, or give a little ‘boost’ to.

We have seen an increase in people thinking outside of the box when it comes to boosting their career. In order to open up new doors, it’s now not uncommon for people to take up an in-person or online evening course, to be gaining new skills by volunteering in their local community, or even to be starting up a side hustle. Students that I’ve worked with in schools are also more aware of the opportunities that can come from gaining meaningful work experience placements with many being offered part time jobs at the end, or building up their extra-curricular activities to impress on a university, apprenticeship or college application form.

Why not make boosting your career one of your goals this year and come up with some new years resolutions to help you make some changes?

Here are 6 New Year resolutions that you could give a go this year:

  • Search for Work Experience or Volunteer

As mentioned in the introduction, a work placement or volunteering position is a great way to gain specific skills and experience in an area you are passionate about. For example, before I got into my full time job as a Careers Adviser, I would volunteer in my spare time (usually lunch breaks or weekends), helping to mentor two young people. It was very rewarding to help them on their career journey and it ultimately helped me to get into the paid job I am now doing! If you are still in school, college or university, there are lots of companies out there who are happy to offer you short term work experience, whether in-person or virtually - just ring around companies that interest you, and ask! Otherwise, if you want to invest longer term in building up new skills that fit around your current professional or personal life, volunteering may be the way forward. You can search for local volunteering opportunities on the Do-It website, or check out your Local Authorities’ website for a list of volunteering opportunities in your area.

  • Start up a Side-Hustle

Another way to help boost your experience could be through starting up a personal project. According to new research by notonthehighstreet, one in five Brits have taken on a project outside of work hours. Some popular passion projects include creating and selling artwork, photography, jewellery making, tutoring, mentoring in schools, creating computer games, podcasting, blogging, writing an e-book, gardening… I could go on. There are so many options and that’s just a fraction of the ideas out there!

Not only do these ‘side hustles’ help you to develop current skills you have that you wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to use in your workplace or education institution, but these also look fantastic on a CV, and something extra to talk to an employer about in an interview. Moreover, you can do this as and when you have the time – you are your own boss (!) – and sometimes you can get paid as an extra bonus!

  • Invest in your Training

Many businesses find ways to ensure employee’s have a variety of learning opportunities – whether they are online courses, training days, inviting key talent onto specific training courses in order to upskill, or providing employees with one-off pieces of extra work to gain more experience that they otherwise don’t have the chance to do in their day to day roles. If you are not in work currently to gain access to these training opportunities, you can access free training courses online – have a look at Future Learn and Open Learn. You can also use the National Careers Service training course finder on https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/find-a-course. Local training providers, colleges and universities often offer online, evening and weekend courses too, so check out their websites for more information.

  • Grow your Network

More and more research has shown that a huge proportion of opportunities are now found through networking – according to new research on LinkedIn, it’s a staggering 85%! This is something us Careers Advisers like to call the ‘hidden jobs market’. You can read more about it on this link: www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-survey-reveals-85-all-jobs-filled-via-networking-lou-adler/

Ways to go about boosting your networking opportunities could be by attending local networking events (many of which are held online), using Linked In or other social media platforms to make valuable connections, or perhaps ask someone who’s career you admire about their own career journey and any tips or good contacts they could pass on to you.

  • Update your CV

If you don’t already have one, it’s time to write a CV - especially if an exciting new role to ‘boost’ your career pops up after all that networking! It’s good to position yourself to be ready for any internal promotions, any career change opportunities, or your CV could simply just be used to keep track of your achievements at work. Not sure where to start? Why not have a look at the National Careers Service resources to support you: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/get-a-job/cv-sections.

  • Find a Mentor

Enhancing your career and making change can sometimes be hard. If you are job hunting we understand that the process is not easy. Our top tip would be to look for friends, mentors, family and professionals who can support you through the journey. If you’re in school, college or university currently, look out for your Careers Adviser and book in for an appointment. Ansbury Guidance also provide free independent Careers Advice and Guidance for Adults, so if you’d like support in boosting your career, preparing and searching for jobs or writing a CV, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We have a team of professionals waiting to help you. Learn more here: https://www.ansbury.co.uk/Adults.html