“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!!