New Year Career Resolutions

Happy New Year to everyone! Like every year, it’s appropriate to start with resolutions for the year ahead. And since this is a career-related blog, what’s better than a few career resolutions?

It goes without saying that each one of us has different resolutions in mind, but here are some of the most common ones and some tips to make them work.

Resolution #1: Find a new job – if this is your goal for the new year, make sure you keep a constant eye on print and online job adverts, network as much as you can and make your entourage aware that you’re looking for a new job. All these may give you good leads. Once you find the positions you’re interested in, make sure your applications are tailored to each specific one and that they clearly demonstrate what benefits you can bring to the organizations you’re applying to.

Resolution #2: Get a promotion – you will first need to talk to your managers and find out what their plans are for promotions or new positions that are of a higher level than yours, which you may be suitable to apply for. Make them aware that you are eager for progression and development and work hard to prove to them that you’re worth considering for a promotion. How? There are lots of ways but generally speaking, showing willingness and flexibility, approaching your work with interest, working towards achieving better results and grasping any opportunity for training and development should communicate your message.

Resolution #3: Stay unaffected by the any job cuts: In such tough times for higher education, your goals may be more realistic, such as to simply keep your job. Although redundancies can affect anyone at any time without necessarily meaning that the persons affected were not good in their job, try to follow the tips in resolution #2. They will help you stand out as an invaluable employee and your managers will think twice about letting you go if they have to face the dilemma.

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About Christina Tsirou

I work for Roehampton University in South West London as the Research and Business Engagement Officer. The Research and Business Development Office, which forms my department, was created recently, and therefore I am the first holder of the above mouthful-of-a-role. This is very exciting, as I get a lot of freedom in forming tasks and developing areas of responsibility for the post. At the same time, it is also very challenging, as how things will be organized and work in practice remains to be seen. Together with the rest of the team, I contribute to various aspects of the so-called “third stream income generation activity” on behalf of the University. Third stream income is a relatively new term, meaning revenue that comes from outside the traditional sources of government funding and tuition fees. Some sources of third stream income can be Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, IP Commercialization, business start-ups and spin-offs, Development and Innovation Grants, executive courses, and partnerships with the private and public sectors. I am also heavily involved in the team’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and work across campus by coordinating internal and inter-collegiate events and workshops for both students and academics. Finally, part of my work is devoted to fostering strong links with the local community, mainly through relationship-building events.

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