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Festive Advice to Inspire Your 2016 Career Goals

Whatever 2015 has delivered (and we hope only good things), it is time to take stock and look forward to what 2016 may bring to all aspects of your life, including your career.

Here are a few things to remember from our all-time festive favourites before you bid adieu to 2015…

It’s never too late                                    

The holiday season, specifically New Year’s Eve, is the archetypal time for second chances – as we have been told through every means of pop-culture and classic holiday tale going. However, there is a good reason for this: a new year is a new start, so seriously consider, “What would you do today if you knew you would not fail? Now go out and do it” (New Year’s Eve, 2011). Remember to apply this to your 2016 career goals so that once all the champagne has been popped and the festive celebrations are complete, you can start ticking these off the list like your all time holiday heroes.

It’s all about perspective

If there is anything that characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch taught us, it’s that perspective is a huge part of what turns a situation from an unbearable one into something spectacular. The proof is in the pudding with this quote, “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas – perhaps – means a little bit more” (The Grinch, Dr Seuss). Take this approach when considering new ideas from your peers, options for further study, a career change, or an opportunity you may not have thought of before. Don’t let your career in 2016 be “bah humbug”.

Remember hard work pays off

If you feel like you haven’t achieved all you wished to in 2015, never fear! Make “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it” (The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993) your 2016 mantra, and you will be set to accomplish more than ever in the new year.

Say it out loud

Since we’re on the topic of resolutions, it is important to make career resolutions too. Share your 2016 career goals, desires and dreams with loved ones, “because it’s Christmas, and at Christmas you tell the truth” (Love Actually, 2003). Saying it out loud makes them that much more achievable – and you more accountable.

Take the lead

In 2016, make it your aim to take on new career challenges and create new opportunities for yourself too. Don’t believe you cannot do something too quickly or be too afraid to go out on a limb. Remember, “You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for god’s sake! You just have to have a little gumption” (The Holiday, 2006).

Happy 2016 everybody!

Enjoyed this career advice? Find more inspiration in City Calling’s previous post, Career Lessons to Learn from Hit Lyrics.

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