Career goals 2016

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I’ve spoken here about my personal goals for 2016 and I laid out a monthly plan for tiny goals to achieve that will make for a nice, whole year.

I also have separate career goals or resolutions for this year. I’ve been working at the foundation for a year and a half already, and I still have a lot to learn – both about how the foundation operates and also about philanthropy in general. I want 2016 to be the year that I do something significant, whether it is learning something new, develop or further my career or just being prepared for wherever the job might take me.

So here are some resolutions / goals / steps I want to take in 2016 to improve as an employee:

  1. Be an intentional learner: As I said before, I have only been in this job for 1.5 years and this is my first time in philanthropy, so I still have a lot to learn. I am continuously looking for ways to learn about philanthropy and in 2016 will intently look for opportunities for classes, conferences, workshops or networking events that can further my knowledge. There is a big conference in September in Detroit that I have my eye on.
  2. Take ownership and have a purpose: One of the many great things about my job is that I have a lot of ownership of the projects I do. However, sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the task and not remember the purpose. So this year, I want to think about the purpose: know “what” to do, “how” to do it and achieve it, think about “why” I’m doing it, and “when” to accomplish it. The goal is to take a strategic approach to the task and having a clear sense of what I want to accomplish.
  3. Be concise and smarter with words, talk straight to the point and be confident. My boss always says that I am the expert at what I do, so I shouldn’t be shy to raise my voice and talk about the work.
  4. Be cooperative and respectful: Not that I am not, but be mindful of my team and work together towards one goal, which is to advance the work of the foundation and not just to manage my tasks.
  5. Network and gain visibility: One thing that I haven’t felt prepared to do just yet is to network. I don’t feel like I know everything about the foundation / philanthropy so I shy away from talking to others about my work. But I’m ready to do this! I’m already part of a Communities of Practice group in Seattle, and I think that this could be a great jumping off point for me.

Happy New Year! Do you have any career goals for this year?

Photo © Maria Rigou for Groundhog Design

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