Starting Fresh: New Year, New Career Goals

Welcome to 2017!

It’s hard to believe that another new year has already begun. As we look ahead, it’s exciting to think that all opportunities, challenges, and decision points for 2017 are still ahead of us – in this moment, anything is possible!

The new year is a great time to dedicate an hour to reflecting about your career journey and development over the past year, and to think about goals for the year ahead. As we all know, nonprofit professionals are particularly prone to burnout, and reflection can help us remain centered and focused on why we chose to become change-makers. As Einstein said, "action without reflection leads to burnout, reflection without action leads to cynicism.”

Here are some questions to consider as you reflect on the past year and the year ahead:

  • What did you learn about yourself professionally over the past year?
  • What professional/career experiences are you most grateful for over the past year?
  • What was your biggest success in 2016? What was your biggest failure?
  • What lessons did you learn from each experience?
  • What commitments are you willing to make to advance your career development this year?
  • What requests will you make of your employer?

If you find yourself at a career crossroads at the beginning of the year, consider these resources to reflect on what brings you meaning and purpose in your work life:

Share your end of year reflection with us! Leave a comment with one career goal, professional development goal, or general intention for 2017, and our board/volunteers will do the same.

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  • Kevin Jacobs
    commented 2017-01-11 12:41:42 -0500
    Professionally, I learned that I’m not exactly where I want to be in my career path. While a change in career isn’t in my immediate future, it helped me to analyze the work that I do and how it impacts my life and my community. My biggest success was being able to positively take charge of my health; my biggest failure is too personal. Each experience led me to understanding what I must do to take charge of my future and how I can make myself a better person, colleague, community member, and a better team player. My career is taking an interesting turn this year, so I’m dedicated to learning about it and maximizing my opportunities. I’m simply going to ask my employer to take a more vested interest in my professional growth as I take a more vested interest in our organization’s longevity.

    Viva 2017!
  • Marie LeBlanc
    commented 2017-01-09 09:18:11 -0500
    One of my professional goals this year is to be more strategic about “saying yes”. I try to take advantage of most opportunities that come my way, but this year, I’m trying to be more intentional about the opportunities that I pursue.
  • Tracy Gnadinger
    commented 2017-01-07 12:51:18 -0500
    Having started the new year with a career change my professional goal is to stay true to myself in the work that I do.