New Year Resolutions - For employees
As individuals we all create New Year Resolutions, whether it be an improved diet, joining a gym or to spend less on clothing. But, how many focus on our Learning & Development? It might be the time to focus your attention on just that this year.
Work is different for all of us, it no longer follows the same structure it used to. Therefore, you need to get ahead of the curve to ensure you’re where you want to be within your career.
Developing yourself will help you within the job role you’re in currently, a job you’re looking to apply for, and within your personal life. It’s time to prioritise you!
In this post we will share three potential New Year Resolution you could take on or at least seek some ideas from them that’ll pin Learning & Development at the top of the priority list for here on out…
Improve information retention
We’ve all dealt with some bad learning experiences where you’ve completed a course and within a week you can barely remember what you’ve covered. This isn’t within your control initially as it’s natural for you to lose information soon after learning something new.
However, is this a resolvable issue? Yes, there’s many solutions to this!
If you’re finding this happens on a regular basis following learning, then this could be your focus for the year. It’s hard to develop if you’re not holding onto the important information needed within your role or the role you’re looking to move into.
You could suggest some further refresher training to your employer if you feel you need updating or if material is readily available revisit the course making notes of the information you find you’re often forgetting.
It might be you find these don’t suit you but, it’s all about trial and error. There will be something that works for you!
Learn something new
Now this doesn’t mean you need to learn a new skill, like knitting or baking, rather some work-related skills or knowledge. This could be something to help you improve within the field of work you’re currently in or allow you to move into a different position of interest.
Learning something new will benefit you both within and outside of the workplace. As we’re encouraging Learning & Development, we recommend you pick something that will benefit your career.
You’re probably thinking that you don’t have the time outside of work to learn a whole new topic, but don’t forget that companies are there to support you, and there will be a variety of tools available to ease the situation.
Don’t let this stop you doing with your New Year’s Resolution. Start learning now!
Develop further within your role or get involved in a different job position
When you’ve been within in a job role working the same responsibilities for a while, it’s easy to fall into a rut. Often you come into work and complete the minimum before heading home.
If you are feeling like this, have you considered or wanted to develop your career further within the company? This new year could be the time where you make that next step!
Take on those new responsibilities, achieve that promotion, or move into an entirely new role, if that’s what you want to do.
Just remember though, to make changes or develop in your career, you need to understand how you can do it, and what skills you need in order to take on those different responsibilities. So, ask your manager. Find out what is needed and work towards your goals!
This article was written by Catherine Donaldson, Learning Content Writer for our partner brand, Olano. Along with Ashley Kate, they are part of the wider Nicholas Associates Group. To find out more about what Olano does, visit their website here.