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2016 A Year of New Opportunity - not just another New Year

ethan-writerSo 2016 has arrived! We’re officially now in this new launched year with 12 months ahead to look forward to – are you ready and all set for it?

Perhaps you’re currently reading this article having already in the past week been discussing New Year’s Resolutions which you’ve decided on, or been busy partying in anticipation of the prospect that 2016 is now beginning. Well whatever your recent days have included in the run up to 2016, and whether you’re a first year university student or about to graduate in your final year, we’re going to make this a landmark for you in how the year ahead can be your new year of new opportunity – and not just another new year.

Where do I want to be?

A business owner or professional would likely tell you “time is money, and money is time”, and you’ve no doubt had people remind you not to “overlook the opportunity”.

Well, the fact is that time is opportunity! So putting any gym membership and diet habit New Year’s Resolution conversation aside, what would you wish to achieve in the next 12 months which is both valuable and advantageous to your career?

Perhaps as a first year student you may wish to review the voluntary work opportunities and award schemes that your university has to offer, not only as of recognisable benefit and experience – but also to gain them within this initial year of your course before it becomes more study demanding as you then enter the 2nd year. Similarly, for 2nd year and above students, are you happy & confident with your CV?

Maybe the year will progress closer to a gap year or other external employment for which your CV is going to be vital to have ready. Whatever your decision in how you want to progress during 2016 and beyond, do consider the steps that you need to make in order to result in you arriving at the place that you want to be. Whilst a journey consists of where the start and finish points are set, it is then determined by progressing the route in order to reach this final point – so your journey of how you get there is of invaluable importance to this!

What if I'm unsure?

Whilst having clear direction is always a great advantage in your journey ahead, perhaps you feel that you’re standing at a crossroads or unsure where your compass is directing you for the year ahead? Well guess what, there’s a lot more people who can fully understand this – it can often be experienced in life that people are at an open place or without clear direction as to how to progress forward - you’re not alone on this! If you’ve begun your 1st year at university on a course which has many potential career routes available, then have a think as to what modules or skills/topics of the course that you enjoy the most so far.

Ultimately there is always greater career satisfaction for people in jobs which they feel greater personal suitability to – whether using skills they enjoy more or requiring knowledge of topics that are of much greater interest/insight to them. Maybe as a student in 2nd year or above you also feel unclear where you’d want to be from the learning and experience you can gain from your time of 2016?

Again you can ask yourself and scribble your thoughts on your subject/learning interests that you have with your time so far at university. But perhaps if you’ve not already done this – apply these interests & skills you have to possible graduate roles (e.g. sandwich placement advert, gap year opportunity, etc.) in order to see how you would potentially be suited. Also, within both and from your university careers team, look through available opportunities and perhaps run this past your university careers team to give their insight on how you may find the best route to then progress going forward.

But regardless of what stage or place you are currently at with your thoughts & ideas on this, do be assured that there are fantastic resources, including and your university careers team, to assist you in narrowing down the otherwise immense number of possibilities which you may still feel unsure on. When it further comes to thinking about a company or skill that an opportunity is with, the internet is your immediate place to search for more info on it and to further think on before it comes to you needing to even decide to progress further on it. If you have close family/friends who have experience with a company or skill which you’re thinking about pursuing, then why not also ask them?

Why not just make it another same New Year ahead?

Life will show you many fundamental facts from things, one of them is ‘regret’. I often find it ironic how people spend yet more time in their life talking about something which they already regret, only to now be further spending time not getting on with it but instead more time just talking away on it!

Well, aside from going from this article to get on actively with life – don’t waste it with overspending time talking instead of getting on with it.

Similarly don’t overlook opportunity to later be entertaining the frustration of regret. If you’re perhaps someone who underestimates your own potential and abilities, now is the time for this to change as of 2016! Consider where you’ve already got to with your educational and other life achievements and how this highlights the abilities and skills you have achieved in life already! Some of the most well-known successful people have battled with dyslexia – these include Sir Richard Branson, Lord Alan Sugar, Theo Paphitis, Dame Anita Roddick, and Jamie Oliver.

And if that’s not mind blowing enough, J.K. Rowling was a single mother surviving life on benefits before she came to her current multi-million success in writing; we are all unique and personally made of many skills/knowledge, who says we can’t achieve?! Having personally worked in voluntary roles, whilst in corporate full-time roles over 15 years, it’s amazing to consider the amount of opportunity & experience there is constantly out there for anyone to find. The word ‘opportunity’ is defined as being a time or set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.

Your planning and actions for 2016 can consist of various steps to take, and therefore lead to various opportunities throughout the journey; so is always most definitely worth it! Perhaps you may be a 2nd year student who finds themselves contacting a business for a placement opportunity, only to discover it’s no longer available – however your CV brought the business to decide that they wanted to offer you an even better placement? Don’t foresee that doors not seeming to open has to mean you’re without opportunity, you will find opportunity and this does require time & action – so just stop reading this article and instead get on with it for 2016 to be not just another New Year but in fact your Year of New Opportunity!!

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