Do your New Year resolutions ideas centre on climbing the career ladder? We’ve got six great tips that can help you achieve your career goals for 2019.

Aim for a realistic target 

Your dream job may be “chief executive of a big four financial services firm” but let’s be realistic about what you want to achieve this year. After all, it’s not all wine and roses - according to a recent CIPD survey of UK working lives, 30 per cent of workers believe that they have workloads which are to some extent unmanageable, while nearly half of all jobs fail to provide decent career development.

Career goals therefore have to be achievable. Think about what you want to happen next, and how it can help you towards that long-term target. You could take a SMART (Specific Measureable Achievable Relevant Timed) approach to your objectives. In other words, they should describe the result that is desired in a way that is detailed, focused and well defined.

For many people, that means aiming for a promotion into a management position, perhaps as a team leader or project manager. Defining a realistic target will help you hone your New Year resolution ideas to the key thing you want to achieve.

Gain the training and experience required 

You’ve defined your career goal. Now is the time to start going the extra mile. Take on more responsibility around the office and sign up for in-house training courses that will help you advance. Build your experience. Look for online courses – universities run free courses run that could help you towards your career goal.

A simple and easy way to gain knowledge and build experience is through online subscription hubs such as Lynda, which is now also part of LinkedIn Learning

Professional L&D companies such as Fitch Learning run public courses that are also CPD-accredited.

Look for qualifications run by professional bodies, such as Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). The CII run courses such as the RQF level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, which meets FCA qualification requirements. You can find more information here.

The Open University remains enduringly popular for those looking to meaningfully expand their skillset, and with such a wide range of courses available and an incredibly flexible approach to learning, it’s easy to see why.

Commit to the task 

Career progression doesn’t just happen to you. It’s going to take hard work and willingness to do more than you have before. That takes gumption. Stick at and you’ll achieve your 2019 career goals.

Find mentors 

Find people you trust who have been over the course and ask their advice. Ask what they did to climb the ladder and what they’ve learned about the process from the other side. Ask them to help you improve, and to give you feedback on your efforts.

More specifically, the likes of Aspire continues to empower women leaders through practical expertise, coaching, partnerships, speaking opportunities, and more. It represents a great mentoring network of contacts and advice to kickstart your career.

There are also numerous other methods of reaching out, whether it’s through the LinkedIn Career Advice Service, networking events through services such as Eventbrite or Meetup, or simply using relevant hashtags on social media to find suitable opportunities taking place near you which can lead to useful meet-ups.

Set mini career goals to help you succeed 

What do you have to do to get that promotion? Break down the task into clear stages, and set smaller milestones within each. You could set targets such as gaining a specific qualification or acting up in a promoted post so that you have mini career goals along the way to what you really want to achieve. Each success will build your morale and confidence. Useful questions to ask of yourself include:

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be? What motivates you?
  • Make a plan for how you are going to achieve that
  • Understand what actions you’re going to need to take and make them
  • Keep a track of your progress

Change jobs 

Sometimes, simply sticking at it at the same company won’t work for you. It can limit your experience and opportunity to grow, so consider changing jobs top open up new avenues of possibility.

Contracting with Momenta is an opportunity to build new skills and contacts over a specific period of time. Find out about our vacancies and how they can turn your New Year resolutions ideas about career goals into a reality.