Last year, I wrote a post wrapping up the career accomplishments and experiences that I had in 2009 (read Lis in 2009 for more). This year, I wanted to take a different approach for my last post of 2010. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to take a break from pretty much everything. During this time, I’ve been thinking about and reflecting on where I am in my career, and where I want to be this time next year. I was able to come up with some pretty good places to focus my attentions and I’m proud to say that I’m in a great place going into the New Year.
Which is exactly my point of this post. Have you taken the time to review your year? Have you asked yourself what you’ve accomplished vs 2009 and have you reached your goals? AND have you done some thinking about where you want to be this time in 2011? I think, that this is important to do. Whether you take 5 minutes or 5 hours to do some thinking, it’s a huge step to predicting and desigining your 2011 experience. That’s what our careers and life are afterall, just one big user experience, except in this instance we are the user. So take the time to craft your experience based on your tasks, needs, and wants… you’ll be amazed about how much further along you’ll be… and how much happier as well.
Happy New Year everyone!
Thankfully and luckily, yes, it’s for the better. I’ve obtained a position reporting up to the Enterprise CTO of my company – back to my IT roots. I thought about it and had a lot of angst, but that’s where I belong, in IT. I would have been out of a job on 3/1. Had other opportunities but went through the “mapping” exercise, and went after this particular one. Sage advice from you – thanks Lis!
Wonderful to hear! Thanks for keeping me posted, and I’m so glad that things worked out for the best :-).
The division of the company I work in was sold. The deal was announced on December 20, and I will not be rebadged to the buying company. I am exactly in the position you describe above – trying to map out what’s next. So far I haven’t succeeded. But your post just resonated with me.
I’m glad the post resonated! Good luck in mapping this out… I’m sure the change will be for the better :-).
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