January is packed full of posts encouraging you to make resolutions, join a gym, review your fitness, eat more strange green smoothies etc! One of them often weighs heavily on your mind and that’s your career goals. Did you think you’d still being doing the same role today as you did this time last year?
Perhaps you’re very happy about your current role and it’s part of your planned journey, or perhaps you are not where you want to be and you’re not sure how to move to the next stage.
This month: How to refresh your goals
We spoke to a great number of people in 2022 who were taking the time to think through their career plans. A recent survey by Clio the legal software provider stated that 19% of lawyers left their job in the last 12 months and 9% were planning to leave in the next 6 months. Of all those leaving and looking to leave, 37% stated better work/ life balance as a motivator, and exactly the same amount, 37%, stated better pay as a motivator.
So whether it is better pay, better balance or just the desire to get your career back on track there is plenty you can do to ensure that your career goals are met:
1. Update your CV – whatever your experience a good CV is a key tool in ensuring that you get what you want. Internal promotions or external exploration of the market all start with a good CV (and yes we can help you, either with a quick complimentary review and few pointers, or a full paid for service for £75+VAT)
2. Update your online presence, again an essential to promote yourself internally and externally to both clients and future employers (we can help draft a LinkedIn profile too!)
3. Review where you have come and what you have achieved up till now. This is a great idea for you personally not just as part of an annual review at work. Take time to write down what you have achieved, and be proud! We spend too long looking at what we haven’t done rather than celebrating what we have!
4. Plan for the year ahead; what are your key objectives for your career in the long term and how can you make 2023 the year to get closer to them? Once you have a clear idea of what your objectives are then it is much easier to ensure that they are being met.