New Year, New Career: Setting and Achieving Career Resolutions

Hey there! We hope you’re all having a banging start to 2024 – January has been looong though, no?

As we’re well into a brand-new year now, it’s time to shake off the January blues and focus on what really matters – your career! Let’s dive right into the nitty-gritty of why you might be thinking about updating your CV and embarking on a new professional adventure.

What’s the general consensus towards work at the moment?

According to the 2023 State of the Global Workplace report by Gallup, an overwhelming majority of UK workers (90%) express dissatisfaction with their jobs. The survey findings mirror this gloomy figure, revealing that almost one-fifth (19%) of professionals in the UK report experiencing feelings of anger at work. This marks a notable four-point rise from the 2022’s study, representing the highest increase among European countries.


So, shall we look at some reasons you might be in need of a change in your career? Here we go…

Monday Morning Dread:

Are you waking up on Monday mornings feeling like you’re about to set off to Mount Doom instead of heading to the office? If the Sunday scaries are hitting you harder than ever, it might be a sign that your current job just isn’t doing it for you anymore. Life’s too short to spend it dreading the start of the workweek!

The Stagnation Station:

Feeling stuck in a professional rut? If your career growth has hit a plateau and you find yourself doing the same tasks day in and day out, it might be time to spread those wings and get the f*** outta there! After all, who wants to stay in an unrewarding, monotonous job? Career development is a key contributing factor to happiness at work.

Team Troubles:

Are office politics and drama starting to resemble an episode of Emmerdale? If workplace gossip is becoming a primary source of entertainment, it could be a sign that it’s time to find a more drama-free zone where you can focus on your work rather than listen to catty behaviour and back-handed comments. It’s not high school anymore. 

Burnout Boulevard:

Has your job turned into a one-way ticket to Burnout Boulevard? Constantly feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and in desperate need of a vacation might be a signal that your current role isn’t aligning with your well-being. We get it, searching for holidays when you’re hating your current situation does fill that void temporarily  – but it’s no long-term solution! Figure out what you want, and make work WORK for you.

Now that we’ve identified some of those pesky pain points, (which we can all identify with), let’s talk about turning those career resolutions into reality! Here are some tips to help you spice up your professional life in 2024:

Reflect and Reframe:

Take a moment to reflect on your career journey so far. What aspects make you smile, and what makes you cringe? Identify your strengths and areas for growth. Once you’ve got the lay of the land, reframe your career goals in a positive light, focusing on what you want to achieve rather than what you want to escape.

Skill Up:

Invest in yourself! Whether it’s polishing your existing skills or picking up some shiny new ones, continuous learning is the key to staying relevant and desirable. Consider online courses, workshops, or even joining a professional association to stay on top of your game.

Network HARD:

No, we’re not talking about awkward events with name tags. Networking is about building genuine connections. Attend industry events, engage on professional platforms, and don’t be afraid to reach out to mentors or colleagues for advice. Utilise the power of LinkedIn too – you never know where that next exciting opportunity might come from!

Resume Remix:

Give your resume a makeover! Highlight your achievements, quantify your impact, and let your personality shine through. Make sure your CV is a compelling story that screams, “You NEED me on your team!”

So there you have it, folks – the inside scoop on why a fresh start might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Remember, the journey to a new career can be thrilling, challenging and rewarding – so buckle up, embrace the unknown, and make 2024 the year your career dreams come true! Cheers to new beginnings!

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