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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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