It’s hard to believe that we’re more than halfway through the first month of the year. Heck, 2018 is already flying by! (February will be here before you know it.)
All joking aside, you probably have big things in mind for your career in 2018. Regardless of what your specific goals are, though, there are some things that you must think about as you strive to reach those goals.
That’s because, while it’s good to be proactive, it’s also good to “look before you leap.” Attention to detail when it comes to career planning is just as important as being proactive and taking action. With that in mind, here are four ways to think about your career in 2018:
#1—In light of your personality
This is something that people don’t often consider. What’s your attitude toward your career? Are you aggressive about it? Or do you take a more laid-back approach, choosing instead to “let things come to you” and “go with the flow”? It’s important to identify the way in which you prefer to view and approach your career and the goals you have for it. That will help you to build your plan more effectively and also execute that plan more effectively.
#2—How you view work-life balance
This is also something that is quite subjective. In other words, what one person thinks is a good work-life balance, another person may scoff at. Working 50 hours a week might be too much for you, but for another person, that could be just fine. They may even think that working 60 hours a week is okay. Once again, though, the key is to figure out what balance is the best balance for you. Then you can create your plan of attack and take the appropriate action.
#3—Your family situation
Some of you may not be married or in a serious relationship. However, some of you are. If so, your professional life definitely has an impact on your personal life. Where, when, and how you work dictates many things about your personal life and the other people who are part of that life. So when you’re planning for 2018, you should most definitely make these people part of your plan. (You may even want to consult them about your plan.)
#4—Whether or not you’d be willing (or you’re able) to relocate
This is a big one and not one that you should wait to think about. This is especially the case if you are married and have children or if you’re part of a serious relationship. It’s one thing to change jobs. It’s another thing to change jobs AND relocate for that job. Doing so can have even more of an impact on your family life and personal life. As a result, it’s important to discuss the possibility of relocation and ask critical questions about the conditions under which it would be considered a good move.
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