New year, fresh start: Three tips to set meaningful career goals

As the new year rolls in, how will you prepare to shape what’s next? Dig deep with our tips for setting actionable career goals.

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As you consider the year that has been, you might have already brainstormed some goals you’d like to accomplish. And if learning a new skill, getting a new job or hitting the gym made the list, you’re definitely not alone.  

Achieving your resolutions all comes down to meaningful goal setting: ensuring you don’t just draw a picture of paradise, but that you also plan a roadmap on how to get there.  

As one of Australia’s top 10 universities for graduate employability1, RMIT University can help you reach your full career potential through applied learning, industry experience and world-class courses. Here are some of our best goal setting tips that will bring your vision for the future to life. 

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1. Reflect on your achievements and set goals

Take some time to reflect on the positive impacts you’ve had in your career in the last 12 months.  

Whether you mentored a team, found creative ways to deal with tough customers or quickly adapted to new ways of working, acknowledge that you’ve made improvements to the way you and the people around you have worked. 

Setting goals for the next 12 months is a great way to keep the ball rolling on your positive takeaways. Your goal could be as small as wanting to continue building collaboration skills, or it could be as big as recognising you’d like to take your expertise to a new industry.   

How you can achieve your goals at RMIT 

Whether your next career goal is to shake things up or move a step up, at RMIT there are over 350 qualifications to choose from that will get you there.  

Not sure which level of study suits you? Vocational study can help you gain specific skills in as little as six months. Undergraduate study can help you break into your dream industry, while postgraduate will enable you to take the next step into a higher-paying role.   

“My advice to anyone considering studying would be: don’t put it off. It will open doors to knowledge and confidence,” says Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing student Manuel Kozirakis.  

“Through my studies I have developed the confidence to guide people in achieving their recovery goals.”  

2. Consider your gaps in skills and knowledge

Reflecting on areas of improvement can also provide a strong foundation for goal setting. Make a list of things you currently find challenging. Do they correspond to any soft or hard skills? Does your current job still provide you with the ability to grow and learn these skills?  

Pair each challenge you’ve listed with actionable steps you can take to fill those knowledge gaps. For example, if you’d like to pick up a technical skill, is there a course you can take to learn it? If you want to get better at time management, what are some things you could do from today to get there? 

For Advanced Diploma of Interpreting student Adriana Grabias, moving from Poland to Melbourne presented an opportunity to further her bilingual skills.  

"Studying interpreting has helped me to improve my English language proficiency and allowed me to communicate my ideas seamlessly. 

"It has also presented an opportunity for me to connect with the Polish community in Melbourne and provide assistance to those facing language barriers.”  

How you can achieve your goals at RMIT 

In addition to practical learning in industry-led courses, all RMIT students have access to impactful resources that can help you fill your skills gaps, such as the Job Shop. Here, you’ll be able to book in consultations and workshops with our dedicated Careers Counsellors. You can get your resume and cover letter reviewed, workshop your LinkedIn profile, search for job opportunities, practice interviews or even discover job-ready programs such as Future Edge.  

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Whether you have a general question about RMIT or you need help figuring out your next career move, our virtual consultations are tailored just for you. 

3. Keep researching jobs and stay updated on trends

Do your research on the latest skills in demand and forecasted industry trends. Consider how technologies like blockchain could affect your industry, and how upskilling in these areas might benefit your career in the long term.  

Once you’re aware of the trends likely to affect you, you can set learning goals that will keep you ahead of the curve and at the forefront of change. 

“I chose to study international business because I wanted to understand the frameworks, institutions and processes that enable businesses to operate in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world,” says Bachelor of Business student Tapiwa Matimba. 

How you can achieve your goals at RMIT 

Informed by industry boards, RMIT’s certificates, diplomas and degrees respond to the trends that are shaping what’s next. After gaining your qualification from RMIT, you’ll have the technical knowledge and the experience to pursue a range of career paths and opportunities – including those you may not even know about yet.  

As an RMIT student, you'll have access to CareerHub: an exclusive platform where you can search for new job opportunities. Through CareerHub, you can also book to attend career fairs, workshops and industry events, where you can hear directly from leading employers about forecasted trends and employability factors. Examples of employers who have presented at RMIT’s campus include EY, ZARA, Disney, Facebook, CPA, Department of Defence, Port Phillip Publishing, Lucasfilm, and Metro Rail. 

Explore the qualifications that will help you reach your career goals for the new year.   

 

Story: Pallavi Daniel

 

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