Getting Ready for 2017

The year’s end is a good time to re-evaluate your personal and professional pathways

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s a good time of year to reflect on your personal and professional successes. Would you say you are happy with your career? Is your personal life fulfilling and rewarding?

Reflection is a great tool for self-improvement. Many successful people use reflection to learn from their mistakes, benefit from their successes, and become more focused on their priorities. Before you start your New Year’s celebration this year, why not take a little time to reflect on 2016? This kind of self-examination can help you plan for the new year and make it the best year it can be. Here are some questions to get you started.

1. How has my job/career been challenging and/or rewarding?
2. What new skills did I master this year? What skills do I need to continue working on?
3. What were my three top achievements of the year?
4. How did I accomplish these achievements? How can I use these successes to build on more successes next year?
5. How am I advancing toward my long-term goals?
6. What challenges did I face? How can I overcome these challenges next year?
7. What would I do differently if I could re-live this past year?
8. What were the most fulfilling parts of the year? How can I carry them over to next year?
9. Who were the people who were most a part of my life this year? How can I show them appreciation?
10. What lessons did I learn from this year?

Once you get good at reflection, the next step is setting goals for the new year. Setting achievable and measurable goals is a good way to focus your efforts in the right direction. Find out more information on setting achievable goals in Set SMART Goals for Success.

If you think you are ready for new goals and challenges in the new year, and are thinking about starting a new career, you might want to consider career-focused training. The Harris School of Business offers career-focused training programs that can have you ready for the workforce in just one year’s time. We offer programs such as:

  • Professional Medical Assistant
  • Massage Therapist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Health Claims Specialist (Medical Billing and Coding)
  • Multi-skill Health Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Surgical Technology
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Certified Nurses’ Aide
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Office Technology

If you are interested in learning more, find out if we have a campus near you. You can reach us by filling out our simple online form, and before you know it, you could be on your way to a new career path.

We hope these tips and suggestions bring you food for thought as 2016 ends. And most importantly, Happy New Year!