The calendar has rolled over to a new year, and everyone has a clean slate. But now that you’ve got the whole year ahead of you, what are you going to do with it? The best way to make improvements over the next 12 months is to get started now. If you stay focused, you can achieve what you desire. Whether it’s personal improvements, tasks you want to accomplish, or goals you want to achieve, there’s no time for delay because time flies. And in the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Lost time is never found again.”
So, what if you had the ability to fast forward and see your life in January 2018? How would you like to find yourself? Some people make education a priority in a new year to start them on a new or different career path. Our Office of Admissions helps people with career questions, but you also need to become an information sponge. The key to being informed is to get focused and get started to get results. But, sometimes that’s easier said than done, so here are some tips.
Start with the end
There are a variety of ways to take control of your life. Dr. Steven Covey, the author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” put Begin with the End in Mind at number two on his list of habits. Covey espoused that you must make a concerted effort to determine what you want to be and do before you can achieve it. The book also encourages people to define the “personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself.” However, before you make a substantial investment in education, find out if a particular career is even a good fit for you. What interests you the most? What brought you to this decision? Have you spoken to an expert in that field? Beginning with the end is always a smart choice.
Show your work
If you are attempting to get focused on a career change remember to “show your work” whenever possible. Record your thoughts, save articles about your career of choice, research online and bookmark websites that are of value in your decision-making process. Finding your true calling, or your next career move is easier if you have all of your research easily accessible. Consult with people familiar with the field you are considering. Initiate a dialog with a professional in that field or contact educational outlets to inquire about the educational requirements. Gather everything you need to help you weigh the pros and cons.
Keep it real
Shoot for the stars whenever possible, but be realistic. If you overwhelm yourself with too much, too fast, you can find yourself drowning in the mire of a career choice you may never reach. Most importantly, pursue what you want for the right reasons, not for money, praise or prestige. If you do what you love, you will find the rewards in your profession each day and you will always be happy. Whatever you are pursuing this year, the most important thing is to get started before time gets away from you. So, set your goals, stay focused and enjoy a productive new year.
Ready to get started? At Cleveland University-Kansas City, we’re committed to helping our students succeed. Contact us today to connect with an advisor.