Another year is coming to an end. Was it a good year for you personally and professionally?
As you reflect on the past year, it’s a good time to review your professional accomplishments, setbacks, challenges, and weaknesses. Then you can set some goals for the coming new year.
The best way to accomplish this is through a thorough self-evaluation. This will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, enabling you to focus on the aspects of your career that need improvement. For a great definition of what a self-evaluation is, you can also check out what the experts at employee management software giants WeThrive have to say.
It's important to take time for self-reflection. This will help you to more clearly identify where you want your career to go in the coming years.
You’ll also get a better sense of what skills need improving and what sort of work environment suits you best.
Self-evaluations are about being completely candid both with yourself and others. A reflective, genuine self-evaluation will provide you with valuable information that will help shape your career path and build additional credibility as a professional.
We’re going to provide three simple steps to help IT, engineering, and business professionals engage in an effective self-evaluation.
First, list all of your most notable accomplishments from the past year.
This will include things like:
Were you promoted?
Did you achieve your professional objectives?
Did you add any new skills or certifications?
Did you receive any awards or special recognition from management?
Did you contribute to any special initiatives or projects?
Now, write down your most significant setbacks and/or disappointments.
This might include:
Were you passed over for promotion?
Were you demoted?
Were you reprimanded or warned about work performance or personal attributes?
Did you underperform on professional objectives?
Finally, what were your most significant professional challenges?
Here are some examples to consider:
Did you have conflicts with management?
Did you have difficulties with work assignments?
Do you feel knowledgeable enough in your professional performance?
Could your skills be improved in certain areas?
Do you have fundamental issues with the company’s management and culture?
Now that you’ve listed the good, the bad, and the ugly, it’s time for reflection. It’s time to determine whether it was a good year or a bad year overall—and why. Don’t worry about the downside, we all have room to improve both personally and professionally.
You need to look closely at your accomplishments, disappointments, and challenges. Assess them in the light of potential self-improvement opportunities where necessary.
If you honestly feel that you have fundamental, irreconcilable differences with the corporate culture, philosophy, and management, it may be time to consider a new opportunity somewhere else. And that’s OK! The employment market is very candidate-friendly right now.
Regardless of why you’re considering new career opportunities, always engage a professional recruiter that knows your industry intimately.
At mCubed, we know how to navigate the professional career landscape in IT, business operations, and engineering, and we’re here to help.
Are you an IT professional considering a new opportunity?
At mCubed Staffing, we help clients just like you find that perfect job every day! We might just have a great employer looking for a great candidate like you right now.
Call us today at (248) 817-2243, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.