Resolutions You Won’t Regret Making

“New Year’s Resolutions” are a big topic in January – a time when people seem to enjoy setting new goals, or rededicating themselves to efforts or projects left undone.  There are many categories of goals you may set – health and wellness, learning, etc.  One category worth contemplating as well is professional goals.

Whether you are an alumnus out of school for some time, a newly minted graduate (congratulations to those that finished in December 2013!) or a current student of any level, you can set some professional goals for 2014 that will help you to advance.   Consider these two easily achievable goals that may take just a few moments but have significant dividends over time:

  • Log into the new Quakernet and search out a Penn person working in your area of interest – and send them an email to help expand your network!  You could begin a conversation using some of the tips on our Networking & Mentoring page, and even possibly identify someone who could be a helpful mentor or an ally in your professional development efforts.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile – don’t have one?  Make one!  Haven’t touched it in a while?  Get more active!  LinkedIn, with its groups for professional fields and school attendees and graduates, is a great place to “connect” with like-minded or interested people that may also expand your network and horizons.  Check out this UPenn Career Services-authored guide to help you make the most of your profile efforts.

All the best to you in 2014, and may you reach all of your goals for the year!!


Author: Jamie Grant

Jamie Grant is Associate Director of Career Services for the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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