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As we approach the end of the year, it's natural to take stock of our job situation and think about what 
we might want to change in 2019. Career oriented New Year’s resolutions are some of the most 
important and impactful changes you have it in your power to make. Perhaps you realise that your 
current job isn't making you happy and you don't feel fulfilled. It could be that you know a  
different career path would be more suited to your skill set and have the potential to make you happier. 
Or it could be the year you want to take things up a level and finally secure that promotion. Only you 
can make it happen by defining those goals and making a plan to move towards them…

Retrain For What You Love

Many people realise that they have chosen the wrong path, but just because you are currently in a job 
that isn't making the most of what you have to offer, doesn't mean you have to stay that way. Retraining 
could be your goal for 2019. Take a look into courses that can be done part time or with distance 
learning if you can't afford to become a full time student. If you think your skills are wasted but you 
aren't sure of your next move, try an online aptitude test to see what might make better use of your 
talents. The first step is to find out what qualifications would be needed for the job you really dream 
about and then find a course of study that delivers. Or you could look to do something like an MBA - 
find courses and view university here.

Gain New Skills

Branching out doesn't always have to mean retraining - sometimes enhancing your transferable skills 
is all it takes. Employers look for evidence of soft skills, such as communication, time management  
and leadership. There's plenty you can do to enhance these skills, from asking for higher profile 
projects that will give you a chance to develop a specific skill to online training courses from your HR 
department. Whether you're looking to get promoted where you are, or find a new job elsewhere these 
skills are always in demand and will serve you well in any job.

Seek Out A Mentor

One way to give your skills a huge boost is to seek out a mentor who can guide your decisions and 
coach you to achieve more. Finding the right mentor can be somewhat of a trial and error process, but 
if you're networking enough and you see someone who impresses you, send them an email inviting 
them to coffee. Come prepared with a list of questions to ask them and things you want to achieve. 
Think about things you may be able to offer in return, such as helping them build their social media 
profile.

Polish Up Your Profile

While we’re on the subject of social media, it's important for you to give your profile a makeover. 
Recruiters are always actively looking on LinkedIn, so make your your achievements and employment 
history is up to date, add details of projects you've worked on and key skills you have and join in the 
debate on some relevant industry groups while making new contacts. You never know where it could 
lead!

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