2015 is around the corner and that means all of us are lining up our resolutions and goals to inspire us into the new year. For me, for the first time since I’ve had this blog (I think), I want to put together a list of career related goals for myself. I’m hoping this will keep me on track and help build better habits too.
1) Stop eating out of my boss’ candy jar.
Okay there are only so many mini-snickers you can eat before you realize how crappy they are for your body. So my number one goal is to completely eliminate this habit. And no more left-over-sprinkle-kitchen-hunting either. If I have yogurt for breakfast, I just have yogurt. I don’t need to toss in crap to an otherwise healthy start of my day.
2) Transfer Departments.
I’ve been in the same department for over two years now, and due to my big mouth, I’ve stayed STUCK in this entry-level position for this whole year. One year longer than I wanted. I expressed to my boss I wanted projects from the creative department and she honored that by giving me time in my day for it. She also honored that by not giving me additional responsibility in the department I AM in right now. As a result, my job duties haven’t changed too much and the amount of work I get from the creative department doesn’t come by as often as I would like.
I have taken a step in the right direction, though, because I spotted an opening in the creative department and I told my boss I wanted to try for it. She approved. I told the manager of the creative department, but I really don’t think anything will happen anytime soon, because of their recent layoffs. Overall, I’m very proud I spoke up.
3) Take more time off.
I found out recently I have approximately 80 hours of paid time off accumulated. This is a result of feeling guilty for taking days off and my boss making the whole requesting process a total pain. But my goal for this year is to take a lot more time off and actually USE my PTO rather than letting it sit there.
4) If I don’t get a transfer, find a new job.
I officially got the okay to get projects from the creative department back in May. It’s been over 6 months since then and I’ve been patient. My promise to myself if I don’t get transfered into that department is to find a new job. I want to be careful about where I go, though, and I won’t start looking around until about March. I’ve been at this job two years and, as you can tell by my blog, it has been tough. I have made it work though and for that I am proud.
5) Learn new software.
I recently won a new tablet that allowed me to download Office Suite (that includes acccess and publisher) to the tablet AS WELL AS a separate computer. I plan on downloading those two programs to my laptop and getting a book from the library (or maybe just tutorials online) to learn those programs. If I can put those on my resume (and really mean it when I say I know it), I will feel so proud of myself. It will also help me if I decide to look around for a new job.
So that’s my list for 2015! Do you have any career goals for the new year?