Career Services: New year, new career

December 18, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

By Aysha Bell
GCU Career Services

The holiday season has come to an end and many individuals are now endeavoring to establish their resolutions for the New Year. Some are working on fitness goals, spending more time with family, planning vacations, etc.

It is also a great time to consider your career. Are you where you want to be? Have you achieved your desired goals? If not, do not worry. Begin taking inventory and thinking about what you would like to achieve over the course of this year such as a new position, advancement in your current company or starting and/or growing a business.

Rather than making resolutions, which typically fade away by February, consider setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed. These are called S.M.A.R.T. goals:

S – Specific: Rather than striving for a promotion, think about the precise details. What is the title of the position you desire? What department are you looking to promote into (either in your current or a different department)? Try to be as specific as possible.

M – Measurable: When you make specific goals, you should be able to measure the attainment. If you set a goal to be promoted by September 2016, it is easy to measure if you are on track. Sometimes it is necessary to break a goal down into steps. This will help you be able to slowly work toward your goal.

A – Attainable: Set goals that are truly attainable. Do not set a goal of being the CEO of the company by December 2016 if you are just now entering the workplace as an entry-level employee. A goal should be a stretch, but not unreachable.

R – Realistic: In addition to goals being attainable, they must be realistic. Set goals you are both willing and able to work toward. A goal should inspire you, not paralyze you with fear because it is too grandiose or overwhelming.

T – Timely: Goals are more likely to be attained if you attach a reasonable timetable to the goal. This will allow you to plan accordingly as you progress through each necessary step on the way towards the overall objective.

Finally, share your goals with a trusted mentor or colleague. Positive support serves as a motivator. Research has shown that accountability greatly increases the likelihood that individuals will achieve their goals.

As this New Year rings in, consider where you would like to be this time next year and set goals to get there. Then, share your goals with a trusted accountability partner who will support you along the way.

Remember, GCU Career Services is here for you. Call (602) 639-6606 or visit to utilize any of our online tools to identify your career path, build your resume, research career options or apply to current job postings.

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