Just like years and months are cyclical, so are our thoughts about careers and growth. Whether you’ve been at a job two months or two years, it’s common to wonder if you’re on the right track.
I think the end of one year, or the beginning of the next, is always a great time to reassess where we are and where we want to be. It gives us a point in time in which we can set goals for our future.
I have both long-term and short-term goals, but a few years ago I began setting annual goals. This forced me to do things I’d been putting off, such as starting to teach (which I now do as an adjunct professor!).
If you’re on this blog, you’re looking for information on multimedia skills or lifestyle and career advice – which means it’s something you’re thinking about. So I encourage you to take some time to think about the following, and in turn, get a better understanding of how you’re feeling about your career path.
Also, keep in mind a career doesn’t have to be your day job. It can be a side hustle or a second job you plan to turn into a career!
Questions to ask yourself as you think about your career:
- Do you feel fulfilled with the work you do, whether it’s day to day or month to month?
- Are you proud to talk about your work with your family and friends?
- Maybe you don’t love Monday mornings, but are you overall excited to go to work or to do your work?
- What do you like most about your work? Least about your work?
- Can you envision growth? And, if so, what is the next role you’d want to move into? If not, are you OK with that?
- Would you rather be doing something else? If so, what and why?
Don’t forget to think about why you are where you are right now. Perhaps remembering what led you to this place will reinvigorate you, or let you know you’re ready to start thinking about doing something else.