Take Your Career to New Heights in the New Year
As 2017 roars to a close, most of us are fully engaged in holiday plans and festivities. Another task that many of us undertake as the year comes to a close is taking stock of our career. Over the next few weeks, it is a great time to do a little self-evaluation and decide if you are happy with where your healthcare career is at, are there new skills or training that you want, or is it time for a move to someplace new? Let’s take a look at a few things that can help you career plan for the coming year.
Look in the Mirror. The first thing to jot down on your Career Evaluation To-Do List is to take some time for self-reflection. Have you laid out a career path in the past? If so, where are you at in accomplishing your goals? If not, think about whether or not you are currently happy with your career? Finding quiet time for self-reflection is never easy but is extremely important for this task. Question everything you have done and decide if it is getting you closer to your goal. Are you ready to take on more responsibility at the hospital? Are you wondering about a move to travel nursing? As a healthcare professional, the good news is that you have options and opportunities.
Work with a Mentor. As covered here in the past, having a mentor is an important part of maintaining an upward career trajectory. Spend time with your mentor to discuss healthcare trends and emerging opportunities that you may not be aware of. Ask for honest feedback about where your mentor views your career and seek advice about taking the next step.
Do a Skills Assessment. If you have already laid out a career plan, now is a good time to go back to it and review what skills you need to plan for both short- and long-term advancements. In addition to formal educational requirements, be sure to look into cross training and opportunities in other areas of the hospital or facility that will aid you in the future.
Set up one-on-one meetings with your manager. Much like sitting down with a mentor, meeting with your direct manager allows you to gather information about options that may be available to you. It is also a good way to learn more from their perspective about what you can do to advance your career. Another by-product of that brief, open conversation is you are letting them know of your interest in advancements and opportunity. Now, the next time a new team or initiative is being undertaken, your name will be at “top of mind” and most likely at the top of the list!
Volunteer. Usually, the beginning of the year is a time for projects and pilots for new approaches to solving challenging issues facing an organization. One way to make a name for yourself is to volunteer to lead the project or at least play a key role in the assignment. When you want to keep your career arrow pointing up, illustrating your desire to help solve problems and tackle complicated issues can be the rocket fuel your career needs.
There is no “magic bullet” for career planning. The key is to put in the time to reflect and asses, do your research, talk to others, adjust, and always write things down. The simple act of writing down a goal makes it more likely that you will accomplish it.
Here is to your success and happiness in the New Year ahead. May you find time to plan for your bright future and accomplish the things that will take your career to all of the heights you imagine.
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