The New Year is a great time to reflect on the year past and, more importantly, the year to come.  As you take time to reflect on 2013’s successes and shortcomings, take an inventory of the ways you have developed your professional self.   Since most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by February, don’t make a career-related New Year’s Resolution.  Instead, make a concrete plan to attain your professional goals.  Here are a few helpful steps to incorporate into your plan!

1.     Schedule an appointment with a career coach to set realistic career goals for the year to come….and follow through on them!

Sometimes the first step is the hardest.  Don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment if you have no idea how or where to start on your journey to career success.  The career coaches at the Career Development Center can help you sort everything out.  To schedule an appointment, call 504-865-3860.

2.     Attend Employ the PACK: A Conference for Emerging Professionals.

Employ the PACK is a half day program on Saturday, January 25th aimed at giving dynamic solutions to launching your career.  The program is totally free and registration is open.  To learn more or to register, click here.

3.     Learn how to navigate Employola, CareerShift, GoingGlobal, or any of the other career resources the Career Development Center provides for you.

Visit the Career Development homepage and explore the resources available to you 24/7.  If you have any questions about how to utilize these, schedule an appointment with a career coach!

4.     Register for Emerging Professionals.

Emerging Professionals is a structured, semester-long program designed to prepare junior and senior level students for the transition from college to the professional world of work. Whether you’re interested in entering the job market, attending graduate or professional school or looking for gap year options, this program is flexible and customizable to your individual career interests.

5.     Fine tune your professional marketing materials…or create your first draft!

It’s always a good idea to have your resume, cover letter, and other marketing materials up-to date.  Take this semester to fine tune your documents or begin crafting them from scratch.

Here’s to a rewarding and successful 2014!

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