I am a trainer and talent development specialist and experienced career consultant. I currently work at the University of Manchester Middle East Centre, where I support mid-level to senior-level professionals in various industries, to help them achieve their professional and personal goals.
As you begin this year with a fresh page to create the life that you want, there are ways you can ensure that it is a success. Take time to get the most out of your career and life, starting today. First, reflect on the past year, and write down some of your biggest achievements from the last 12 months, as well as the things that you are most proud of and the activities that gave you energy.
Next, there are two steps that you can take to ensure that the next year and beyond are leading you towards success.
The first step is to think of where you want to reach, what are some things you will do, where you will devote your energy, what you will focus on. The below questions will help you get started:
Now that you have an idea of what you want to accomplish in the next year, the second step is to identify people who can help you reach your goals. It all starts with you and your own determination and hard work; however, it is also essential to surround yourself with the right network in your personal and professional circles.
Everyone you meet has something of value to offer you, whether it is information, knowledge, advice, introductions or opportunities; it is up to you to ask the right questions and have the right conversations. Understanding what you want out of your career and life will help you pinpoint those opportunities.
Outside of your personal circle of friends and family, and your professional circle of colleagues and coaches, you must also ensure you surround yourself with a great mentor (or two). A mentor can play three roles, depending on the relationship and the situation:
How do you find a mentor?
Elena Agaragimova is a trainer and talent development specialist currently working with mid-level to senior level managers in various industries.