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The New Year’s Resolution is infamous for lasting for those first couple days, but then fading away as the month rolls on. We’ve all been there. I have wanted to do more leisure reading every year for the past 4 years (Hasn’t happened yet).

Here are common obstacles for any New Year’s Resolution:

fail1. Unrealistic: For example, running 10 miles a day does not seem reasonable for a person who is not an habitual runner. Your resolution should be challenging but not defeating.

2. Irrelevant: Resolutions and goals should have real value. Your goal has to have real meaning and value so that way you actually have to push for it.

3. Immeasurable: It’s hard to measure goals that can’t be counted or qualified. Make sure you check measurable results to let you know when you’ve hit the mark.

4. Too little time: Sometimes people get frustrated by not seeing immediate results. Recognize the length of your resolution and how long it should take.

However, you can use your New Year’s Resolution for your career goals!

If you’re interested in an internship or full-time position, come get your resume checked out during walk-in hours from 12-2pm at the Career Center. This will also help you prepare for the Spring Career Fair on January 30th. Over 95 employers will be there! A good goal might be to narrow down your internship search by scanning through the employers at the fair. After attending the fair, make sure to send a thank you note and keep in touch with the recruiters. These goals are great steps to earn an internship or position. That relief when you get the internship or position is so much better than the stress of having to do the entire process last-minute.

Another goal might be to search for potential options for the coming year. You may not qualify for an opportunity this upcoming summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time searching for internships, researching companies and gaining professional contacts. Getting to know a campus recruiter on a first-name basis is a great step in the right direction. One of the number one issues employers have with undergraduate students is lack of employer research. Take the opportunity to research 3-5 companies or employers that you think would be good choices for internships or full-time positions.

goalsLastly, you can make goals for your current position. It’s easy to get stagnated in a job or organization. I can tell you from personal experience that taking initiative in your job can be the difference between a good or a great reference from your supervisor. Set a goal to expand your skills and gain new experiences. This demonstrates being proactive and leadership, which every employer loves to see on a resume.

Whatever your New Year’s Resolution might be, keep in mind that being proactive about your goals will benefit you in the end. Take the time to set out clear, reasonable goals for yourself and you’ll be successful in your career and in life.

It’s been real. It’s been fun. It’s been real fun. I’m out!

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