We all want to continue developing. In our modern day and age, stagnation is nearly synonymous with regression. The following career guide offers advice on how to constructively review the work year 2016 and provides useful tools for attaining your goals in the coming year. After all, even the Russian writer Gorky knew: “It is a good idea to look at the past, history is not a bad teacher.”
1. Reflect honestly on your goals
If you want to advance your career in the coming year, you first need to be clear on the goals you set at the end of the previous year. Have these been achieved (in full)? Did they bring about the desired results? Do they still seem relevant?
If you want to be even more successful in the coming year, you need to reflect honestly and constructively on the goals of the previous year. Superficial or glorified assessments (“Everything was great”) will not help you along. This is not the way to figure out where there is still unfinished business. A good method for identifying major issues in your work life is to summarise the past work year in one short heading. For example: “My career stabilised in 2016 due to the cultivation of customer relationships.”
2. Learn from the past year
The next step would be to draw your conclusions from the heading you formulated. Is your heading generally positive, mixed or negative? What feelings are triggered when you read this heading? Often, this will give rise to new goal-setting ideas for the coming year. If the past year was filled with events, challenges, conflicts or crises, take the time to examine them in more detail. How often did these situations arise? How much are you yourself to blame for these situations? How can you improve your mindset and attitude?
3. Set concrete goals for the coming year
Reviewing the past work year will help you find inspiration for new goals. These should be written down and, as the career guide states, conceptualised with the help of the so-called Smart Formula: According to this formula, goals should be specific (s), measurable (m), attainable (a), realistic (r) and timely (t). It is also advisable to write down intermediate goals. This will help you to stay motivated on your path to achieving larger goals.
4. Keep a work journal
Keeping a work journal can be quite useful. But if you lack the time and there are not always major new developments on a daily basis, one entry per week should generally suffice. This will also make it easier for you to create a clearly structured review at the end of the year. When doing so, the following questions need to be asked: “What have I done to advance my business?”, “What have I learnt?” and “What can I improve on in future?” After a while, this will become routine, and this will help you tremendously in achieving your long-term career goals.
Time for something new
Are you looking for a new professional challenge in the coming year that will help you attain all of your goals for 2017? Then take advantage of the ideal working conditions at Engel & Völkers. Visit our career page for more tips or if you would like to apply directly.