4 Strategies to Advance Your Long-Term Career Goals this Summer
The long, lazy days of summer can make even the most dedicated workers, well, lazy. Now that the world is slowly re-opening from the long-lasting COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to dream of escaping to the beach, mountains, or lake. But before you pack your bags, take some time to think about your current job, this year’s goals, and how they fit into your long-term career goals.
While it’s easy to put off this kind of self-reflection, the slow summer days provide a great opportunity to do some professional fine-tuning. As work projects begin to slow down and the world begins to open up, consider using any newfound time to check in with your career.
Here are four ways you can take advantage of the summer slowdown to invest in yourself and make progress on your career goals.
1. Set Your Long-Term Career Goals
Summer is the perfect time to check in with your goals and even create new ones. Where do you stand now that the year is almost halfway over? Are you on track to accomplish the goals you set for yourself? If not, what’s holding you back? We all know how easy it is to lose track of time during the first half of the year. But instead of waiting until December to re-evaluate, use your summer downtime for a mid-year review.
Consider your career path and define the goals you need to achieve to reach your objective. For instance, if you want to improve specific skills, consider taking an online course or training. It’s important to learn new trends and skills when advancing your career. Consider short-term as well as long-term career goals and develop achievable benchmarks. If you need to do something differently, summer is a great time to adopt changes that will set you up for success down the road.
2. Focus on Results
Maintaining focus on the quality of your results is a sure way to show an ideal work ethic. It’s easy to get stuck in a “time worked equals value created” mindset. However, this is not the case. Keeping that same work ethic but making sure you are taking the steps needed to make worthwhile progress every day allows for great results.
The pandemic created a shift in the workforce, making remote work and hybrid offices the new normal. A recent article suggests that the secret to the work-life balance is to focus on results rather than the time allotted. Create a system to measure your achievements. The outcomes of your work should meet and achieve expectations across the board. Focus on your projects’ results and create the best outcomes for yourself as an employee and for your company.
3. Give Your Network Some TLC
Before the pandemic, summer meant an abundance of great activities and events. Summer allows you to get out from behind your computer and attend events like free outdoor concerts or plays, fun sporting events, and festivals. Although these made for great networking opportunities to meet friends or new people face-to-face, it will likely not happen on the same scale this year. However, every day more events are added to summer schedules. Once you’re fully comfortable being out in public places, take advantage of some of what this summer will bring.
Developing new professional connections is a great way to expand your network, meet people in similar careers, and keep up with industry trends and hot topics. Networking will be easier again once the pandemic comes to an end, but there are other networking options out there that help you make great connections. Alternative ways of meeting people and creating connections have been created. Virtual networking events, conferences, social media groups, and more have become great tools to showcase your professional brand and meet new people. Virtual networking has been named the “trend that shouldn’t end” and is a great way to give your network a little TLC this summer!
4. Take Care of Yourself – Mind, Body, and Spirit
Summer is a time to relax and recharge, so don’t forget to take a break and focus on yourself. While it’s often difficult to step away from your job for a week or even a day, rest and rejuvenation are essential for long-term career success. Use the slow summer months and long summer days to take a step back and enjoy time with family and friends. One of the biggest keys to success in career growth is to take care of yourself – mind, body, and spirit. Self-care will help you and your career, and this summer is a great time to sit back and avoid burnout.
With these strategies, you are sure to enter this coming fall with a renewed sense of the goals that will help you advance your career.
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