It’s the end of another year, and if you’re career-minded, you’re probably reflecting on how you can better your prospects in 2022.

Here’s what you can do to make 2022 your most successful year yet.

Create a career plan

As the old saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a dream. So, reflect on both your long and short-term goals and consider what you can do to achieve them.

It’s a good idea to break your career plan into the following steps: 5 years/3 years/1 year/6 months.

That way, you can work out what actions you need to take right now to get to where you’d like to in the future.

Book a meeting with your boss

Ask your boss to meet with you early in 2022, and outline the goals you’ve set out for yourself. You can show your employer the steps you believe you’ll need to take to achieve your goals and ask for their opinion.

They’re likely to be happy to offer their insight on areas you could improve and further steps you could take to reach your target.

Find your career crush

Is there someone whose career path you’d like to emulate? Maybe you have a colleague or even a client whose approach to work you admire. If that’s the case, tell them and ask them for their advice.

Whether they become official mentors or your unofficial agony aunts, getting their insight on a regular basis is bound to help you on your path.

Learn to advocate for yourself

The world of work is often competitive, so you need to be able to stand up for yourself. If you find it difficult to articulate yourself confidently, or you struggle to get your colleagues’ buy-in, consider exploring ways to become more empowered at work.

There are several courses – both online and in-person – that cater to improving persuasive skills in the workplace.

Perform the job you want

One way to be promoted? Start displaying the skills you’d be required to exercise in a higher-up role. If you perform at the level of the person in a higher position to you, those with the power to promote you are bound to take note. And if they don’t? Tell them. Highlight the actions you’ve taken and the skills you’ve acquired, setting out why you believe your performance is promotion-worthy.

Don’t be afraid to walk away

You can have all the good intentions in the world, but if your employer won’t meet you halfway, then you could still struggle to reach your career goals. If you feel you’ve given your role your best efforts and you’re still not seeing results, it might be time to find a similar role in a different company.

Next steps

Looking for a new opportunity in 2022? Submit your CV and we’ll soon be back in touch to discuss your career goals. Plus, we’ll let you know as soon as you’re matched to a suitable role.

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