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Career Focused New Year Resolutions For 2013

December 10, 2012

New Year's ResolutionsWhen January 01 2013 arrives, 62% of us will probably make some kind of promise to ourselves; something significant that we are determined to achieve in the coming year. Unfortunately only about 8% of us will be successful in maintaining a resolution like those in this list.*

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2012* were:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Getting Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Staying Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others in Their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. 10. Spend More Time with Family

While those are all worthy goals, we suggest that Carrington College California students think a little outside the box this year. Resolutions like losing weight, quitting smoking, and staying fit may all indirectly benefit your education or chances of success in a new career, but why not choose resolutions that could directly impact your studies or your new career in a positive way?

You may find that some of these are easier to keep than quitting pizza, or promising to exercise four times a week! It doesn’t matter whether you’re studying Medical Assisting, Veterinary Technology, or Criminal Justice, here are some alternative resolutions you should try to keep:

  1. Stop Procrastinating: Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be accomplished today.
  2. Try to Live Frugally: Why waste money if you don’t have to? Every penny counts.
  3. Set Measurable Goals. Be very clear on what would make 2013 a success for you.
  4. Keep Your Word: Build a reputation with colleagues and/or classmates for being reliable.
  5. Try to Exceed Expectations: Surprise people positively whenever you can.
  6. Update Your Resume: Work with Career Services and focus on your achievements.
  7. Write a Career Plan: Remember baby steps can help you get where you ultimately want to be.
  8. Ask Questions: Don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand something at school or at work.
  9. Stay Positive: An optimistic frame of mind can do wonders for your confidence.
  10. 10. Help Someone Succeed: Be a good role model/mentor and set an example to others.

Don’t limit yourself to just one of these career resolutions this year; try and combine as many of them as you can. We know you have what it takes to succeed, and we’re here to help you reach your full potential. If you put in the work, follow these resolutions and we can help you soar.

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*Resolution statistics from University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 3.19.2012