Congratulations for sticking it out! A year’s anniversary is a great time to think about what you want from your job and your career as a whole, and get a plan together to make the most of your time in the company. After a year, your company will start to recognise you for you, understand what makes you tick, what you enjoy outside work and your personality much better.
On your one-year anniversary the first thing you should do is to give yourself a job review. Questions you could ask yourself include:
- Have you settled in?
- What are you loving about your job and what do you hate?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses within your job role?
- Where did you really improve?
- What challenges did you face and how did you see them through?
Once you have a better understanding of your year-end, you can then think about your future.
- Where do you want to be in a year’s time?
- Where do you want to be in three years’ time?
- Do you want to be in the same career moving forward or side step into something different?
To help you move forward in the coming year and help you achieve some of goals, you can divide your thinking into:
- What skills do you need to improve? For example, maybe you want to get better at giving presentations.
- Can you improve them at work? How can you improve? For example, this might be asking your boss for more opportunities to present to clients and others in the company, or going on a week-long course to get you up to scratch.
- How are you going to quantify this improvement?
If you have the opportunity to mentor someone at work, take it with both hands. Young employees with less experience will value your insight and it allows them to ask questions about their career that they may not feel comfortable with under normal circumstances. Some companies have mentoring schemes where younger employees mentor those of the generation above. If your work has this scheme this is also a great opportunity as it helps you find out what skills you need to get to the very top of the career ladder, and ask how he or she went about theirs, what to focus on over the course of your career and any mistakes to avoid.
Outside your circle
Perhaps you are interested in a different aspect of the business. Is there a way that you can connect with people in other members to the business to find out more about what they do on a day-to-day business, what they like and dislike about their career, and whether there are any opportunities to join in on a project or shadow someone for a few days to find out more about what their role is like? This would be a great way for you to understand how your company works as a whole as well as to get a feel for different roles and what career route you might want to take next.
In your first year you may have compromised on some of your boundaries such as taking on extra work or staying late to help others. Of course you want to make a good impression, but now’s the time to reestablish your boundaries so that you can do your best work. This means that you might have to turn down a few requests, or managing your time better so that you can continue to do your best work.
And finally, remember to recognise how you have developed and how far you have come. I think calls for a celebration!