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Your Professional Year-End Career Checklist

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Dec 2, 2015 12:00:00 PM

coffee-notebook.jpgIf you are like me, you are completely blind-sided by the end of the year. Wasn’t it just Independence Day? Why is it so cold all of a sudden? But December is here and it is a great time to grab a cup of tea, reflect on the past year and get ready for the year to come. Here are a few things to do before the ball drops:

  1. Ensure your virtual identity health by updating your LinkedIn profile. Make sure everything is updated and add your 2015 accomplishments. Update your resume while you are at it. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, it is good to document your year while it is fresh in your mind.
  2. Update your CAE credit tracking. Whether you are seeking your CAE or just maintaining, go back through your calendar now and track your professional development hours in a spreadsheet. This makes it really easy to submit your application or renewal to ASAE.
  3. Reflect on what is most important. Professionally or personally, did you spend enough time on the things that matter the most to you in 2015? If not, come up with a strategy to carve out the time in 2016. Write it down and share it with a friend or coworker to make you accountable.
  4. Set realistic goals. We all want to be taller, thinner, better looking and the smartest person on the planet, but statistically most people give up on pie-in-the sky goals by February. Set one to two goals that will make a big impact on your career in 2016 and most importantly outline steps and deadlines to reach these goals.  
  5. Try something new. What have you always wanted to try? Put it on your calendar for 2016.
  6. Mark your calendar for education. Check out the 2016 ISAE professional development schedule and mark your calendar for the sessions you want to attend. If you don’t hold that date/time now you will get too busy and miss out.
  7. Do it or let it go. Is there something that has been on your list for a year? Those pesky items are taking up space in the back of your mind. Carve out some time to either do them or decide if they can be let go.
  8. Clean your desk/office. You will love coming back from the holidays to a clean slate.
  9. Send holiday cards.This is a dying art so you will really stand out to your personal and professional recipients when they receive a card from you.
  10. Celebrate your wonderfulness, accomplishments and all that you are grateful for.

Most importantly relax and enjoy this festive and magical time of year. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

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