Why You Should Avoid New Year Resolutions

Only 8% of People Who Set A New Year Resolution Achieve It!

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Staggering isn’t it?  But don’t let it put you off setting Career goals.

Use Intentions to Achieve your Career Goals in 2017!

We’ll explain why resolutions set you up to fail, why we prefer Intentions and how you can use them to get ahead of the game.

Why resolutions fail

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Defined as ‘the process of resolving something such as a problem or dispute’ resolutions lead us straight into focusing on a negative – something about us is not good enough.  ‘You must stop this, start this, do this every day’ if you want to be better.

Not only that but, but all too often resolutions are also based on what others’ think your problem is.  All these ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ are not good for either your self-esteem or your motivation.

Talking of motivation – resolutions rely on willpower and ‘resolve’ which we all know tend to fade as time goes on.  What resolutions don’t have is a positive plan of action.

All OK so far, we now know that resolutions put us in the wrong frame of mind from the start, but what’s the alternative?  Well, we think a quick progress review followed by setting some intentions is a much healthier way to go and will achieve much better results.

Start with a review

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First you need to consider what your career goal is or, if you already have one, whether it’s still relevant.  If you’re unsure try our career planning tools.

Look at what you can do with your degree, complete a quick questionnaire to be shown suggested job roles to suit you, and then browse the job descriptions to find out what skills and experience you may need to apply.

Check these against your current skills and experience to see if there are any gaps; these are your opportunities. Areas of opportunity are where you can improve and maybe get yourself ahead of the competition. This is where you focus your intentions.

So now you’ve identified opportunities to move you closer to your goal. As they’re based on what matters to you, you’re more likely to be motivated to achieve them. Now it’s time to set your intentions.

 Make your intentions clear

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Intentions are defined as  ‘something that somebody plans to do’- plan being the keyword here. No willpower and resolve required, just a positive plan of action to be followed.

So, start with the opportunity you want to follow up, (break it into smaller pieces if it helps), research ways in which you can achieve it and then write down your intention. (Apparently we’re twice as likely to achieve goals we’ve written down!)

For example:

You’ve been successful in your job applications and have interviews booked. You identify an opportunity to promote yourself as the best candidate for the job. Your intention could be to ‘Ace my interviews and be offered a job by considering the type of interviews to be held, finding hints and tips on handling these interviews and booking a mock interview as a practice.’

Much more user friendly don’t you think?

Take action

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Hopefully you now agree that setting intentions is a much more relevant, achievable and positive start to 2017.  What makes it even easier is that we can help with the actions you plan to take.

Why not make ‘getting to know us better’ your first intention!  Start by familiarising yourself with our webpages to see all the services and resources we offer, logging into CareerHub for upcoming events and current vacancies and following us on social media for all the latest opportunities and news! Or just drop in weekdays between 10am and 4pm for a chat about how we can help.  We look forward to meeting you.

For more information, this is the best way to get in touch with the Employability and Careers Team

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