‘Losing weight’, ‘learning Salsa’ and ‘quitting smoking’… the list of New Year Resolutions always has some hot favourites along with some off-beat additions. But what’s trending in terms of career resolutions and ideas to recharge your career?
We reached out to professionals last week to hear about their career resolutions for 2013. Check out 5 career resolutions that made it to the lists of corporate executives this season and see which resonates with your career goals!
“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.” – John Dewey
Work is not just any job; it’s about the job that you find fulfilling. Professionals are taking the issue of how to re-energise, inspire and challenge themselves at work and putting it at the top of their career agenda for the year. Anuradha Bose, Manager with a leading financial services organisation in Gurgaon says, “I don’t want a job, I want work that will keep me motivated and invigorated every day of the year.” Pradeep Jain, a Mergers & Acquisition expert with a leading MNC in Noida, shared how he single-handedly executed the migration of a project to India and is now looking at expanding the current project as well as creating a specialised team to focus only on project migration from Australia.
The intent is clear: make sure that your current job motivates you, or move into one that does. Make a resolution to talk to your boss what more you can do in your current role, to take on additional responsibilities or even to bite the bullet and move on to a new job.
“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognise them.” – Ann Landers
Re-skilling is in. A short workshop, full-fledged Executive Education programs, seminars or just a conscious focus on upgrading your knowledge are a must-include in the resolutions for the year.
Rohit Gupta, who works at an MNC in Bengaluru says, “With the shift in the economic outlook in global markets, it is imperative to work even harder to prepare for the next level. This year, I want to improve my knowledge base and skills to match up to the growing expectations of a competitive job market.” Some of the executives we spoke to believed that in order to keep pace with industry developments and to find better opportunities, it is crucial to be part of seminars and garner knowledge and visibility. Shishir Agarwal, a Manager with a leading MNC in Gurgaon says, “I will participate in a planned calendar of seminars and discussions. Plus, I will be active in my organisation in hosting various online forums to gather peer intelligence. This will help in establishing me as a domain expert.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
Change will come from within for many senior professionals. Viniti Mathur, Senior Manager with a leading MNC and a mother of two children shared, “I am a workaholic! I started working soon after giving birth to my second child. I often swap my personal life with work, and always answer my mails at a moment’s notice. This year, I have decided to get more organised and flexible in my outlook. Instead of putting everything on priority, I will try on respond to things that need immediate attention and keep the rest for official hours.” We heard different versions of this resolution:
“I will leave work early at least once a month, come what may.”
“It’s going to be the gym 4-5 times a week for me.”
“Travel with my family and really see some of the fabulous countries I have been to only on business. I want to get to Italy in 2013.”
We could not agree more – with them and American author & poet, Maya Angelou!
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
From Pooja Gulati, an ex-employee of a leading consulting company, who left her job to find an assignment with an image management firm, to Geetanjali Singh who wants to combine her love for travel with her career by working at a start-up adventure tourism venture, executives talked to us about how – this year – they would find a way to follow their passion. Pooja says, “After working for more than 10 years in the consultancy domain, I took the decision to find work in an area that I had always wanted to…I do not want to spend one more year wondering if it was the right industry for me. It is time to find out.”
Dramatic cross-industry shifts, start-up & entrepreneurial stints, ways to combine personal interests in sport, the arts or even the environment with careers: we heard it all.
“The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.” – Elbert Hubbard
Working on social causes and various CSR initiatives also found its place among the top to-dos that senior professionals want to focus on this year.
Sunanda Seth, Manager with a leading HR consulting firm in Gurgaon set the ball rolling with, “For me a job is more than a fancy job title. Every day, I should be able to build value as a professional along with being an active member of society. Therefore, this year, I have decided to volunteer my time to help candidates from the weaker sections of society to improve their communication and interview skills.” Professionals talked to us about investing personal time and wealth towards causes close to their heart and taking responsibility for building a better tomorrow. Women’s issues were the top choice for many, but we were floored by the breadth of other issues that people wanted to make a difference to – Himalayan glaciers, child rights, mercury emissions, skill development…
New Year is the perfect time to make new beginnings, change old habits or simply realise your dreams. Embrace your career, create work-life balance, give back to the society, or go that extra mile to upgrade your skill sets. All the very best for 2013!
*Names have been changed to on request.