As we approach the new year, now is a perfect time for reflecting on the year that was—where you’ve been and where you want to go in the future. This is equally important for your professional life as it is for your personal life, which is why I always recommend doing an end-of-year career review. While I’ve written about this topic in the past, this year, I wanted to make the process even easier for you. So I’ve created a simple, downloadable worksheet to walk you through your end-of-year career review one step at a time.
Why is reflection so important? Here are just a few of the reasons:
1. It helps solidify lessons of the past (so you keep doing what’s working and don’t make the same mistakes in the future).
2. It provides a means of celebration for all the victories you’ve experienced (and helps you identify what made them possible).
3. It helps you organize your thoughts and feelings around where you’ve been so you’re better able to determine where you want to go next.
Is there something you think should be added to the End-of-Year Career Review Worksheet? Post it in a comment below or email me so I can add it to future versions.