While 2020 has had harrowing moments, positives can include a fresh career perspective.
At McKenna and Associates, we assist those in the West Australian legal industry with professional progress. Entering a different workplace can be invigorating, and kickstart an upward career trajectory.
If that New Year’s resolution relates to your career, the best chance of initiating positive change is to consider past employment, evaluate present work conditions, and redefine your professional plans for the future.
Do New Year’s resolutions work?
CNN recently reported a study by researchers at Stockholm University and Linköping University who were surprised to find those who framed their resolution as an approach goal, were more likely to succeed.
According to the New York Time’s feature How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution,
More than half of New Year’s resolutions fail, but doable and meaningful goals have the largest chance of succeeding.
The impact of a pandemic
In 2020 people began to assess priorities, and practice self-care. Altered work routines caused by COVID-19 meant new skills, and improved adaptability. Breaking patterns of behaviour made further professional transformations in 2021 seem viable.
In the BBC piece Coronavirus: How the world of work may change forever, Indian Institute of Technology Associate Professor Reetika Khera was asked an important question: will our jobs still give us value?
“To me, the most significant realisation due to the pandemic and related restrictions, has been that people have become aware of the – call it ‘social’ or ‘intrinsic’ – value of work in our lives.”
Defining your vision
Think of 2020 as a stepping stone to a new perspective. Mental health was highlighted, and it became clear a healthy workplace culture is key to combatting the stress of a global pandemic.
Harvard Business Review’s How To Reset Your Goals During A Crisis focused on four questions to ponder when re-establishing career goals:
1. What is important to me in the near term?
2. What can I control?
3. What are the actions I can take right now?
4. How will I be accountable?
The legal industry is rife with opportunities to reset your career, without leaving the sector. Realign what you want and what you need at work, and contact our team. A change in focus could lead to a brighter future.
Ready for a leadership role?
The Forbes feature, 5 Predictions About How Coronavirus Will Change The Future Of Work predicts workplace leadership will improve as a result of 2020 events. The piece points out difficult times filter out leaders who are less stellar.
Are you ready to meet the challenge of extra responsibilities? At McKenna and Associates, we know the value of great leadership, placing potential leaders in professional scenarios that allow them to grow, and thrive.
We can help
Employment opportunities abound, with Western Australia providing the largest contribution to growing the national economy in 2019-20, according to November figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
As a boutique legal recruitment firm, McKenna and Associates has built a reputation for consistently placing high performing candidates with quality employers. Our experienced team can help you forge a fresh path forward in 2021.