5 New Year Career Resolutions to Drop in February

New Year’s resolutions are great, but they can be onerous too if you “bit off more than you can chew”. It’s OK though to have a NY resolutions makeover. Here are 5 you might want to drop now…

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Let the NY resolutions go if they are a burden

As the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2017 did you make some outrageously over-achieving, career focused New year’s resolutions? If you did, you’re probably not the only working expat who did. It’s great to aspire to bigger and better things, but perhaps some of the resolutions are better kicked into the long grass before they become a burden over the next 10 months. Here are 5 that might just need to be given the boot:

  1. “I’m going to learn a new language to fluency”

If you’ve got a full-time job, the chances of you learning a new language from scratch to fluency in 12 months are quite slim, so instead concentrate on improving or perfecting the language you already have or start a course that will set you out in the right direction. Try these top tips from other expats to help you learn a new language.

  1. “I’m going to work for a major brand in 2018 (even though I have no big brand experience)”

If you’re starting out on a career it’s normal to want to work for the most well-known names, but if you have no experience that might not be possible. So, instead, start by looking for an internship with the big name or by working for a brand that is aligned to the big one.

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Get rid of resolutions that are completely unattainable in one year
  1. “I’m going to quit my job (without a back-up plan)”

First of all, quitting isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just needs some planning, so try not quit before you’ve done that. ‘How to quit a job gracefully’ provides some good reasons for preparing, including Richard Branson’s view on quitting a job: “Think twice before you burn bridges – build some instead!”

  1. “I’m going to be an internet marketing millionaire”

Maybe you are, but you might not be by the end of 2018, so set yourself realistic goals and don’t give up the “day job” until you’re sure your internet-based business is going to really get off the ground.

  1. “I’m going to join every networking group known to (wo)mankind”

Networking is a great thing to do to enhance and leverage contacts, but it has to be done in the right way to get the most from it. Read ‘How to network like a pro (even when you hate doing it)’ for some pointers that will help you master the art without selling yourself too hard.

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