Feb 21 2017

4 Goals for Making 2017 Your Most Successful Year Yet

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After the the holiday season has died down and you’ve packed away your decorations and festive apparel, it’s time to refocus on your career. There’s a reason New Year’s resolutions are so popular—when you’re putting up a new calendar and entering a new year, your desire to implement positive changes is at an all-time high. Harness that desire and commit to these four goals.

1. Attend a Conference

Conferences are a great way to condense several months’ worth of networking, education, and inspiration into three to five days. After all, you’re surrounding yourself with the experts in your field or interest, going to sessions on best practices and new trends, and typically spending your after-conference hours meeting new people and digesting the days’ takeaways.

The beginning of the year is an ideal opportunity to plan your conference-going schedule. You’ll have the widest range of options, and prices will be at their lowest for flights, hotels, and tickets. As a bonus, choosing a conference or two to attend will give you something to look forward to.

2. Take an Online Course

Consistently adding fresh skills to your repertoire keeps you at the top of your professional game. It shows employers you’re curious and ambitious. Finally, it helps you avoid stagnation.

In the past, taking a class usually required a large investment of time and money. Thanks to online education platforms like Udemy and Skillshare, that’s no longer the case. You can download the entire contents of one course at one time and consume it whenever you have free time. Thirty minutes in the morning while you commute to work? Another 45 minutes at night after you’ve eaten dinner? No problem.

3. Set a Reading Goal

Most people would like to read more, but finding the motivation to do so can be challenging. You might find it easier to set a quantifiable goal, such as, “I’ll read two books per month,” or “I’ll read three or more nights per week.”

Add a fun twist by picking a specific genre, category, or set of books. Maybe you’re a history buff, so you decide to read your way through the top 30 books in Amazon’s “Historical Fiction” section. Or perhaps you love science fiction, so you find a list of the best sci-fi books ever written.

4. Find a Mentee

A mentor can play an invaluable role in your career. But don’t forget about the other side of the equation: serving as someone else’s mentor. Try to find a person in your life—a current coworker, a former coworker, a friend of a friend, etc.—who could benefit from your expertise and advice. Mentees are traditionally younger and/or less experienced than their guides, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. For instance, maybe your last boss would love to chat with you about social media trends once a month. Keep your mind open to potentially unexpected mentees.

About Signature Consultants, LLC

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: to provide clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. For the seventh consecutive year, Signature was voted as one of the “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” and is now the 14th largest IT staffing firm in the United States (source: Staffing Industry Analysts). With 26 locations throughout North America, Signature annually deploys thousands of consultants to support, run, and manage their clients’ technology needs. Signature offers IT staffing, consulting, managed solutions, and direct placement services. For more information on the company, please visit www.sigconsult.com.

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